With one of the longest titles at the Fringe this year, McGhie’s show feels something of a let down. Although he enters the stage full of energy, the first twenty minutes of his routine feel at times flat, mildly amusing, but not raising too many laughs. It is once he appears to settle into his routine that the jokes come fast.
The highlight of the whole hour is a segment on his casting experience for a T4 television programme. It is funny and sharp, and has the audience in stitches, but McGhie doesn’t seem able to sustain those standards throughout.
Clumsy and slightly repetitive, he tries to make fun of a young generation that is more interested in saving monkeys in Kenya, than helping the people of that country who are suffering just as much (or more) than the animals themselves. Though what he says rings true, you cannot shake the feeling that his words are somewhat contrived, McGhie poking fun and condemning a generation that he is actually a part of.
Younger audiences (those he laughs at) will laugh with him as they all rejoice in what they perceive to be their private jokes, but the rest of the audience will be baffled at what this young comedian believes comedy to be. With a rusty routine, and some obvious jokes, McGhie needs time to polish his act. He has a natural talent for voices, accents and impersonations, so in future years, perhaps this is an area he should explore further.
Adrian G. Velazquez