COMEDY tOMMY tiERNAN: CROOkED MAN giLdEd BALLooN tEViot (VENUE 14) HHHHH
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.
Until 30 August. Today 8pm.