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RIGHT WING COMEDIAN

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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: Pravda
AUG 2-13, 15-26 at 19:30 (60 min)
 
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Scottish Comedian of the Year Leo Kearse rips into liberals in his follow up to last year's sellout hit "I Can Make You Tory". He takes a scalpel to male feminists, Labour antisemites, snowflakes, #MeToo and much more. If you want to escape the liberal bubble of the Edinburgh Fringe and see a raw, hilariously antagonistic show from a man unafraid to speak his mind, this is the show for you.

"He churns out the gags, provoking a steady stream of laughs in his tight set, which strides purposefully between topics with muscular, efficient lines on each" - Steve Bennett, Chortle

"Kearse is seriously good. Quick, funny, smart and to the point...hilarious"
Kate Copstick, The Scotsman

"A giant of the art"
Steve Bennett, Chortle

"This is a solid hour of honest funny which will change your attitude"
Kate Copstick - The Scotsman

"Overflowing with energy...inspired riffing...a deserved winner"
This Is Essex

"Very funny, very dirty, occasionally shocking, but edgily likeable and happily endearing, eliciting the guilty pleasure of laughter from a wide-eyed audience"
THE LIST ****

"Very tall and very funny... such energy and aplomb that the audience is left powerless to resist... one of the most enjoyable shows of the Fringe"
THREE WEEKS ****


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August 23, 2018  One4Review
My politics are generally left-leaning, so I went to this show expecting a bit of cognitive dissonance and having to suspend my distaste in order to give a fair review. Turns out I haven’t had to suspend it as much as I thought (or even as much as I have done for other, non-political, shows).

Mr Kearse is, as he acknowledges in the show, deliberately provocative with some of his statements and viewpoints, coming across variously as rampantly self-interested, prone to generalisations and stereotypes, and with a penchant for punching down rather than up. He does also however, aim his ire at both the right and the left, highlighting stupidity on both sides.

Structurally, the show works well, with gentle transitions between stories (indicators and gear changes, rather than handbrake turns) and everything linked to a coherent central theme. Delivery is confident and clear, with all audience interaction on his terms – you’re in no doubt you can speak only if you’re spoken to (a necessary skill with this show). If you’re not particularly comfortable with one anecdote (and not just for political reasons!), the pace is such that you won’t have to wait long for something else to take its place. Most of the audience were roaring with laughter regularly through the show, even if a few of us weren’t.

He makes a valid and well-argued point about making space for all points of view – even if they are distasteful – and on that we do agree. Click Here

August 19, 2018  The Wee Review
Comedians that openly put their right wing political beliefs at the core of their act have been criticized at previous festivals for exploiting a niche, whilst letting the comedy element take a backseat. The infamous Andrew Lawrence, whose career path was explored in a Sky Arts documentary, seems to have turned 180 degrees on the idea, bringing an all clean show to the fringe this year. Leo Kearse returns to Edinburgh with Right Wing Comedian, presenting a show that’s not held back by its divisive subject matter.

Kearse cracks jokes on the back of your stereotypical Scottish Tory – how he’s thankful for Thatcher closing the coal mines in his town, why nobody likes poor or disabled people, and how coming out as right-wing parallels telling your parents that you’re gay. Repeating that back to yourself, you might consider it outrageous that he would sincerely say those things, but it’s not from a heart of hate – just a cynical one. Kearse plays up to his presumed intolerant views by putting on a character that is prime for satire. It’s indistinguishable how much of himself is represented on stage, but it’s enough to see that he isn’t a bad guy.

Very rarely do you find someone truly, naturally funny, especially when talking about such a dry subject such as their political stance. As the most recent winner of Scottish Comedian of the Year, Kearse has proven himself, perhaps not as the most naturally charismatic performer, but as a solid joke writer who can stretch out even the most uneven premises into laughter.

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August 14, 2018  Fest
Leo Kearse may be a self confessed Right-Wing Comedian but he’s keen to stress that it’s only in the small government, less state interference, low taxes way not the straight-arm saluting, goose-stepping, nice boots type.

As Kearse acknowledges himself, politically he’s very much in the minority amongst comedy performers. But it’s important to hear others’ points of view particularly in these times of increasing political polarization - even if some of his points are deliberately obnoxious. There’s a moan about fat activism and even a controversial suggestion to resolve the issues surrounding #MeToo.

He does let his white male privilege slip out though saying that, “we’ve won these battles” in regard to women’s, LGBTQ and civil rights, which is sadly not the case. In fact elsewhere in the set he suggests that he doesn’t really think that that’s the case himself. But overall the show is performed with his tongue firmly wedged in his cheek as he gleefully plays devil’s advocate. And there are big laughs to be had here, even from one of the less political jokes about a particularly gruesome diarrhoea incident.

In addition Kearse allows a glimpse into how his right wing viewpoint may have evolved – it could be a simple act of rebellion. It may be a surprise to learn that he didn’t spend his entire childhood aggravating wasps but was in fact brought up by hippy parents, his dad content to poo with only a hessian curtain for a door and a mum constantly disappointed her son wasn’t gay. Maybe he’s just misunderstood. Click Here

August 14, 2018  The List
Less turns out to be more when it comes to political content.

While Leo Kearse may dub himself the 'right-wing comedian', and who last year insisted that he could make people Tory, his political opinions turn out to be a little more nuanced from your average Conservative. For one thing, while he clearly has no time for Jeremy Corbyn, Kearse is fulsome in his belief that the rail network should be re-nationalised. Although this is mainly down to seeking more convenience within his own life than anything amounting to an ethical crusade.

Insisting that he moved away from Scotland because he wanted to get away from poor people is a rather cheap shot and fails to work on its own terms given that poverty doesn't especially recognise borders. Where Kearse's show works best (and when it flies it really does soar to some great comedic heights), is when he lays down his arms and simply shoots the comedic breeze. So, his dissection of how annoying it is to try and book a train ticket online is amusing in itself without any political interference, but it fades into the background when it comes to hilarity with the tremendously awkward moment when he recalls getting too up close and personal with a pig in Haiti. Click Here

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