Irish comedian Micky Bartlett is about to leave his 20s behind forever. A daunting prospect for any person, but Bartlett has been ignoring this reality until now.
Throughout the hour long set, Bartlett regales us with tales of his childhood, with perhaps the most awkward funeral story I've heard to date, and somewhat accurately captures both the joy and feeling of responsibility one has when your father first acknowledges that you are a man.
Also covered is an embarrassing case of mistaken identity while he was providing warm up comedy to a show that legally cannot be named. Not quite as embarrassing as his retelling of his discovery of masturbation, with added audience interaction at that point. All men in the room possibly related, but I'm not sure it was the bonding session we all wanted or needed at that point.
Throughout the set there was moments of genuinely hilarious content, but so frequently did the jokes feel quite pedestrian. A lot of what was said was in some way relatable, but there is not a direct correlation between relating and laughing, and for one to convert into the other, more work has to be put in.
Certainly funny points, but ultimately forgettable.
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Micky Bartlett is performing at Gilded Balloon at 17:15. Tickets and more information can be found here.