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He’s a vegan, a viking, a fog-lurker and the most Scottish looking Englishman to ever stand up and tell jokes. Alasdair Beckett-King is a nice man and a breath of fresh air for the Festival Fringe.

In his new show The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries, the audience are invited in as members of the family as Beckett quickly establishes a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Despite some technical problems in previews, his ability to improvise and interact with the audience is something rather magical. There is an innateness to his stand-up, an effortlessness that is brought to the stage. Beckett-King is a master of observing the world from a different and yet entirely relatable perspective.

As a much deserved winner of the 2014 New Act of the Year Show Award, Beckett-King covers a diverse range of topics so there is something for everyone. You’ll be especially pleased to finally find a comedian that covers Hitler’s relationship with deer, the comedian’s relationship with sex, and foreign health and safety poster translations. Whatever the topic or perspective or technical issue, Beckett-King has the audience resolutely on his side throughout. It’s nice to see someone nice.

If you’re looking for some easy accessible stand up comedy, Beckett-King is the perfect choice. Book tickets now as he’s likely to sell very well, if not only for the comedy, for the majestic ginger hair.

Words: Catriona Davidson

Alasdair Beckett-King: The Alasdair Beckett-King Mysteries, Pleasance Courtyard, Aug 4-28 (not 14), 6pm

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