COM­EDY tOMMY tiER­NAN: CROOkED MAN giLdEd BAL­LooN tE­Viot (VENUE 14) HHHHH

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An hOur feels too re­strict­ing for Ire­land’s favourite comic son and, by his own high stan­dards, tier­nan scarcely builds up a head of steam in this dis­ap­point­ing ed­in­burgh re­turn. It could be my imag­i­na­tion, but his wide-rang­ing rou­tines seem clipped, and not for the bet­ter.

Af­ter as­cer­tain­ing the num­ber of Jews in, he segues into a para­ble about a rabbi, rais­ing a vil­lage’s spir­its with his clown­ing – an ob­vi­ous par­al­lel for tier­nan him­self given what comes later. On old age, he be­moans the im­pos­si­bil­ity of sex­ual re­la­tions with teenagers and, in skil­ful com­bi­na­tions of rant and dra­matic pause, the clog­ging of his brain with use­less fact. suc­ces­sive rou­tines are skipped over too quickly, in­clud­ing a mar­vel­lous fi­nal se­quence on parental sex. But the stand­out re­mains his me­dia per­se­cu­tion for an­tisemitism, the trumped-up charges prompt­ing splut­ter­ing dec­la­ra­tions of in­no­cence.

JAY RiChARDsON

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 8pm.

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