Underbelly Med Quad
Wednesday 10th August, 16.15
We return to the master storyteller and king of the one-liner for another hour of comedy perfection and, this time, there are
chills to be had.
Neenan enters as a security guard, informing the audience that the show they had arrived for was no longer running.
However, to avoid disappointment, Neenan instead recites a series of tales to the audience so their time hasn’t been wasted.
This therefore marks a departure from recent Neenan shows; no longer a single adventure, but rather three mini ones brought
together with the compere-like security guard sandwiched in between each one.
As you would expect from Neenan, each story is filled with puns and one-liners, albeit notably fewer than in recent years,
and revolves around a performer from the Vaudeville theatre with Neenan playing various characters along the way. None
are particularly stronger than the other, as all retain a high standard throughout, though I personally enjoyed the initial tale
concerning the magician and ventriloquist perhaps a tad more than the others, with some impressive magic thrown in for good
measure. The show then ends with a wonderfully dark twist of M Night Shyamalan proportions.
For us, Neenan is a unique amongst the Fringe, and we are yet to see anyone match what he does. For some of us it was a
slight dip on the previous two years’ shows, whilst for others it was a fresh twist which revived their interest in him.
Whichever way you look at it, Neenan remains as one of the Darkchat must-see shows at the Fringe, as we are sure he is for anyone else who has ever seen him.
Neerly as good as last year, but still exceptional
at Underbelly Med Quad