London’s intimate Soho Theatre is the venue for Larry Dean’s show Out Now.
A sell-out success at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the up-and-coming Glaswegian comedian is now taking his one-hour show on the road. This performance explores a wide range of subjects – coming out, early relationships, politics, religion, his first gigs – and, for the most part, it’s highly entertaining and enjoyable.
There is much here to enjoy. Larry’s an eminently likeable character, captivating his crowd for the show’s duration – handling interruptions well and delivers genuinely entertaining, impromptu audience interaction. He employs a range of voices and accents with superb comedic effect – although a bizarre dinosaur impersonation seems to fall a little flat. He talks candidly about – disastrous – attempts at sexual encounters with the opposite sex, eliciting groans and laughs in equal measure from the receptive audience. Refreshingly, he’s unafraid to tackle a host of taboo topics, too – we won’t give you any spoilers, but there is some pretty dark subject matter which he utilises to surprisingly hilarious effect.
It’s not perfect, however. While the razor-sharp wit of his retelling of his brother’s – very traditional Catholic – wedding is superb, a number of his stories are less engaging. Towards the end of the set, he shares the tale of his début performance in Stratford, which is mildly amusing but feels a little like filler material. On occasion, he is over-reliant on silly voices to provide the comedy – which is still reasonably entertaining, but he’s at his best cracking wry, observational gags.
Overall, though, these are minor niggles in an otherwise excellent show. Larry is an affable comedian and an impressive, promising talent; Out Now is definitely worth checking out.
GT gives Out Now 4/5
Larry performs his Out Now show at the Soho Theatre until January 16. After that, he heads off to Derby, Leicester and Sheffield – you can find a full list of Larry’s live dates over at larrydeancomedy.com