Established stand-up comedian, writer and TV presenter Mark Dolan returns to the Fringe this year with his manifesto for a better world.
Mainly known for presenting Channel 4’s Balls of Steel (as well as various other TV projects on Channel 4), Dolan goes through a list of things he would change, concluding the show by interviewing two members of the audience for positions in his ‘Cabinet for Change’.
His suggested changes aren’t exactly revolutionary, i.e. providing more plugs and ensuring every toilet has disabled facilities, though I’m sure everyone will agree with banning the use of acronyms like OMG and LOL in general conversation.
Not as quirky as his outfit might suggest, Dolan’s calm, middle-class demeanour seems somehow incongruous with his occasionally filthy content. He also spends a lot of time engaged in slightly awkward audience banter that does not really add to the theme of the show.
This is perhaps not an hour that will have the audience rolling in the aisles, but Dolan’s content undeniably witty, well thought-out and laced with insightful political satire. And if you don’t like it you can spend an hour trying to work out how he got into those skin tight jeans.
Words: Diana Spencer
Mark Dolan Changes the World, Gilded Balloon, Jul 30 – Aug 24 (not 12), 19:30

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