Paul McMullan: Alcopop (Bound And Gagged Comedy)
By John Sampson | Published on Saturday 20 August 2016
This is a stand-up show that grows on you rather than one which comes flying out of the blocks. Paul McMullan is a recovering alcoholic, and his set explores his journey from rock bottom to his current sobriety. Whilst McMullan doesn’t provoke roaring laughter from start to finish, and often his jokes fall flat, there’s subtlety to his stand-up. He’s very perceptive about the British drinking culture, making astute observations about society’s treatment of recovering addicts. There are undoubtedly elements of McMullan’s set that could be dispensed with though; one or two default jokes that he returns too readily to. However, it’s a thoughtful and affecting show, delivered with real candidness.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [John Sampson]