By Lucy Campbell
Upstairs at Gelatissimo, a near full room await Melbourne comic Danny McGinley (mother Irish, dad Glaswegian, didn’t you know, he told us at least five times). McGinlay arrives via video screen, with his Mythbusters inspired exploding food experiments which are actually relatively funny, and thankfully McGinlay‘s humour is never overdone.
When he emerges, it’s to enthusiastic applause. Either the audience already know McGinlay, or rather like the five loud women in front, they’ve been hitting the East End pubs earlier, but the night proves, rather oddly, to be the audience’s rather than McGinlay’s. But McGinlay’s talent really lays in his ability to bring the best out of his audience, to coax the jokes from them, rather than simply ply us with his spiel as so many comics often do.
The show roughly revolves around McGinlay’s love of food, and every now and then we’re treated to more video, which actually works pretty well within the context of the show. His talent really hit us when McGinlay goes into full Bear Grylls impressions, and not only does he show great flair at mimicking Grylls, he’s also latched onto the absurdity of Grylls’ persona. It’s not particularly offensive, it’s not very controversial, but it is unexpectedly enjoyable.
All in all, Food Dude, proved to be a fun and fast paced sixty minutes, loose and with that unscripted feeling that all decent Fringe comedy should have.
Kryztoff Rating 4K
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