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MLA Talent


Venue:Espionage, 4 India Buildings (Entrances on Victoria Street and Cowgate) Edinburgh EH1 2EX
Phone: 0131 4777 007
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Bunker
AUG 2-26 at 19:00 (60 min)
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Chris McGlade is a comedian with a compelling political rage burning inside him delivered with unbridled passion.This one hour show of hard hitting stand up is a follow up to last year's critically acclaimed show ‘Infant Hercules’ which was a nod to his beloved Middlesbrough. As a proud Smoggie, he affectionately jokes about his native hometown and takes a more barbed approach about the London liberals who he likes to provoke including a powerful take on Brexit which was not as politically correct as the metropolitan elite might want. His radar reaches globally as he reveals home truths about the sainted Barack Obama and others. He can only be described as a full-on agitator as he channels his political fury into his show.

‘Come the next revolution, Chris McGlade could be the next Alexei Sayle’ Chortle - Steve Bennett ****

‘This is weaponised comedy, locked and loaded. It is awesome’ The Scotsman – Kate Copstick

‘Intense, unique show unlike anything else you’ll see on the Fringe’ Beyond the Joke - Bruce Dessau ****

Voted Top Ten Best Comedy Shows seen 2017 by Steve Bennett Editor of 'Chortle'

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August 10, 2018  Chortle

The Fringe has a plethora of voices - but very few working class ones, especially those that challenge the neoliberal status quo.

That’s the view of Redcar comedian Chris McGlade, who wants to bring a flavour of the working men’s clubs he usually plays to the bleeding heart of the enemy territory.

So he kicks off with the quick, harsh jokes from his usual working environment to establish dominance. With a dizzying onslaught of sharp jabs he mocks everyone: two blokes together? Must be gay. A woman? I won’t objectify you, he insists. Polish? Must be a fruit picker.

The insults feel reductive, though you can’t fault the pace with which he lands the blows. And why shouldn’t he use stereotypes? He knows middle-class liberals have plenty of prejudices about his sort: racist, homophobic and ill-educated, that’s the image. People like him are the ones who are discriminated against by the ruling elite.

The class divide is at the core of his hour. He mocks London and their pretentious ways – getting a hipster version of breakfast when all he wanted was egg on toast and a mug of tea. Such pretensions are common comic targets, and by definition some of the class-based material feels clichéd since he’s looking at common archetypes. But the inflamed delivery is compelling.

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