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Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Barry Ferns: Barry Loves You @ Just the Tonic

Hirsute Dorset-born stand-up comedian Barry Ferns hilariously dissects both the superficial differences and the uncanny deep-down similarities in our individual human thought processes in via this fast-paced one-hour show. Amongst his subjects are the inherent lack of sex appeal in the name “Barry”, the way in which modern human connections depend so much on Facebook, differences in language and etiquette between countries (did you know that South Africans call traffic lights “robots”?) and the eternal conundrum of that sole empty space beside you on the bus which you dread being taken away from you at the next stop.

It’s hard to say too much about Barry without spoiling the decent jokes (of which there are many). He just has that rare, natural flair for stand-up. He has that motormouth, effortlessly spontaneous manner. Moreover, his humour lands in the right spot more often than not because he has a genuine sense of audience empathy and observational flair.

His performance briefly takes a darker, more serious turn later on as he reveals some dark secrets from his past. However, while these revelations might surprise those who come seeking nothing more than light relief, they add some depth to the show as they help to illuminate the path which his life has taken. Besides which, his frankness and honesty in front of an audience of complete strangers are commendable even when you don’t consider how funny the rest of his hour on stage is.

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Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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