Stand-up comedy is a tough gig at the best of times, but to impress heavyweight Fringe Festival goers is a feat to be applauded.
Chris Henry, Scottish comedian and lovable bachelor, blows the house down with his giggle-fest about relationships Around the World in 80 Dates.
With no holds barred, Chris narrates his way through hilarious anecdotes on dating: covering dating sites, of course, while pulling focus on his dream to achieve 80 dates around the world, hence the title.
With an amiable but self-deprecating charm, Chris amuses with playful observations of the audience, ironically serving to warm up the room rather than alienate audience members.
Chris possesses a razor-sharp wit, with which he smacks us in the funny bone repeatedly, delivering personal quips about his embarrassing past, his jocular present and, promisingly, a hopeful future of romantic commitment.
With an amiable but self-deprecating charm, Chris amuses with playful observations of the audience, ironically serving to warm up the room rather than alienate audience members. He also cleverly applies audio visual technology (ie: a TV and prerecorded sound track) to address his bachelor message and heighten the comedic entertainment.
Chris Henry has been nominated for a number of awards – and deservedly so – using his globe-trotting tour as the impetus for hilarious fodder and sympathy. With his affable Scottish accent, while easily making connections to individual audience members, he effortlessly dissects their relationship stories, cheekily interjecting his own bachelor status in a flirty manner to cause a commotion of laughs. So very relatable, every audience member falls into one of his categories: whether single, married, or in a relationship, no-one is safe from this guy’s observational clichés, each ringing oh-so true.
The audience is privy to Chris’ congenial relationship journey, a bit like following him on RSVP or Tinder, which in itself is both hilarious and a little sad since, after all, even after 80 dates he still hasn’t found “the one”.
To show how impossible that dream is, Chris narrates a clever mathematical formula that begins with the world’s population of billions, narrowing down the numbers by crunching details such as “must prefer dogs to cats” and “must be attracted to me”, resulting in the formula of one, yes one candidate to match our handsome bachelor. What chance do other singles have with such depressing odds? But don’t give up just yet, folks, for Chris certainly hasn’t.
This stand-up comic is not to be missed. High comedy at its best, paired with assurance that your relationship problems may just be farewelled with that many dates. ★★★★1/2
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