Andrew Maxwell: The Lights are On

4 Stars ****

Diminutive Irish comic Andrew Maxwell is always a welcome addition to any Edinburgh Fringe and he is back as only he can, entertaining one and all in the large George Square Theatre.

Maxwell is as always topical and the first part of his hour is spent on theLondonriots and how it was unlikely that it would spread toScotland. The politicians of the day do not escape, especially UKIP spokesmen.

Maxwell is a craftsman and a raconteur extraordinaire. He talks on many, many subjects Irish mammies, the Queen’s visit toIreland, the Bible belt in the States, Murdoch and the tabloids treatment of the Middleton sisters are just a selection of the subjects that he opines about.

For some perhaps he may have a strange set of people who inspire him and a strange way of ‘knowing’ he is inEdinburgh, but then this is part of Maxwell’s appeal together with his undoubted ability to write very funny material.

The whole hour goes far too quickly for most, especially the man in front of me with the ‘Pirate laugh’ I was quite convinced he was going to have an accident he was laughing so much, as to be fair were the rest of us too.

Reviewed by Geoff

Assembly George Square Theatre V 3

3 to 29 August ( not 16)

21:00 to 22:00

Fringe Brochure P 38

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