2 August 2006

An Evening with Michael McIntyre

We kick off this year's festival with one of last year's Perrier Newcomer Nominees. The first thing to note is that this is listed as a preview show. My understanding of the preview shows is that all the material should be finished and you are simply honing your timing and maybe re-arranging some jokes based on audience feedback. I really can't stand it when performers come to Edinburgh and haven't actually finished writing their act. Sadly Michael McIntrye falls into this category as he spent a good 15 minutes just chatting with the audience and not delivering material. Having said that, the material he did have was very good and well worth listening to. His act was a series of stories and observations about a variety of thing, ranging from some subtle jokes about various forms of transport to intelligent wordplay regarding the alphabet (g for gnome). I left with five or six really excellent jokes buzzing around my head and enjoyed my opening to this year's festival but did feel a bit disappointed with the lost 15 minutes. If he fills them in quickly then he's definitely worth seeing although at £10/£11 a ticket then you have to be certain he's the one for you. The 2 for 1 deal on the first Sunday & Monday of the Festival (6th & 7th August) means that it's well worth catching this year's show although you'll probably struggle to get any tickets at this late date. Final rating: 3 out of 5 and flagged him to see again next year.  UPDATED:  I've heard he's actually spending the 15 minutes interacting with the audience which is very difficult to do if your venue is close to empty.  Probably worth more stars but I'm going to wait until next year to see him again.