Andy Askins: The Man With No Name (Comedy Store Management)
By Bruce Blacklaw | Published on Monday 15 August 2016
The man with no name Andy Askins (the ‘no name’ thing appears entirely based around a five minute poncho bit in the middle) introduces himself, promisingly, as a man with “no charisma”. That’s not entirely true, although it’s perhaps somewhat understated. What he does, at times very well, is meander up deadpan – often from quite some distance – to his punchlines, some of which are belters. There’s a (quite openly) contrived misanthropy at times, which doesn’t bring much to the party but, add in a couple of guitar numbers – a Sting cover entitled ‘Massage in a Brothel’ should give you the measure of it – and you have a mostly pleasingly silly start to your Fringe evening.
Gilded Balloon at the Counting House, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]