There are comedians whose humour you get and comedians whose humour you don’t get. My own categorisation places Phil Kay firmly in the latter. In Tweed is Phil’s stand-up comedy show, for 2010, at Edinburgh’s Gilded Balloon venue.
The nightclub venue was a sell-out, helped by this being the last night of the Fringe two for one ticket offer. Phil was certainly happy to find folk on the balcony; even managing to give a high five to someone, in an energetic opening to the show. The set started off with some rather obvious humour (Tiger Woods, Killer Whale at Seaworld, etc) before it launched into the observational humour which most comedians make their bread and butter. In general I’m tired of tales of how the comedian got arrested, how they lost something (in this case a tweed hat) or how the move into their new house went. This coupled with a delivery style, which induced frequent thoughts of “what is he talking about?!” did not help.
A brief interlude when Phil broke open his guitar bag and began a musically accompanied rant against Alpen for putting cereal in a bar, when it belongs in a box, threatened to break the indifference I was feeling. But that was the nearest I came all show to finding anything funny. In fairness, Phil Kay’s animated delivery, wanderings through his imagination and ad lib nature of delivery appealed to the majority of the crowd. Infact many were laughing so hard I begin to suspect my lack of enjoyment was my problem not his. Or maybe the audience were loyal and educated Phil Kay followers.
Phil Kay: In Tweed clearly appeals to some. But not me.
Phil Kay: In Tweed is showing at the Gilded Balloon Teviot until the 29th August (excluding Mondays) at 7pm. Â£10-Â£11 per ticket.