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Jack Barry: Alien (Berk’s Nest / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Sunday 18 August 2019

Jack Barry entertained a raucous Friday night audience with a well-paced and well-structured bit of stand-up. Some entertaining interactions with a drunk member of the audience helped Barry get fully into his flow and got the audience fully behind him. He describes how a relationship with a ‘foreigner’ has illustrated for him the issues faced by immigrants in this country; latent enmities which Brexit has brought to the surface. A hilarious description of his time working for KFC was the highlight of a performance which maintained a high level of energy and quality throughout. His observations are acute and avoid cliché, while his closing account of a recent violent incident in London brings together the strands of the narrative skilfully.

Banshee Labyrinth, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlie Ellis]