After standup success around the world (Australia, Canada, Dubai), Glaswegian Larry Dean returns to the Fringe with new comedy set Fandan. The performance is a bombastic sprint through all kinds of scenarios in Dean’s life setting the audience off with a hilariously intimate opening line and never letting up.
The show is cleverly tethered around a Pret a Manger lunch with two murderers – all true – and from there Dean branches off. Highlights include a date-gone-wrong text transcript, a new take on Scotland’s political voting trends and Dean’s ‘London observational comic’ alter-ego. He also focuses on being gay and the stereotypes he seems to be at odds with as well as the reactions and perceptions he sometimes faces from various people in his life – friends, family and strangers. And throughout, the energetic pace and quality of jokes don’t subside as he powers through one cracking story after another.
All of this is even more impressive considering how physical Dean’s performance is (and how hot the Monkey Barrel – like many a subterranean Fringe venue – is). His delivery is frenetic but never distracting and his impressions and accents are always committed and spot-on.
However, as well as his skill in impersonating others, Dean excels because he is utterly personable and unguarded with the audience. Some of the key moments of the show are not only incredibly funny, but also touchingly vulnerable as he exposes his insecurities and heartbreaks while managing to make us laugh at them too.
After an hour not only does the audience know more about Dean’s life, but we feel we know Dean himself. The comic’s enthusiastic flair, brilliant punchlines and conversational style make Fandan a completely engaging show that entertains from beginning to end.