Comedy review: Andy Doyle: Exodus, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

“It’s over for me” says Andrew Doyle towards the end of this passionate, powerful show. If true then that is a terrible thing. He is a highly intelligent, wonderfully articulate comedian, capable of excising laughs from the most awful of realities with surgical precision.

Andrew Doyle: Exodus, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
Andrew Doyle: Exodus, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)

Andy Doyle: Exodus, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh * * * *

If true then the totalitarian wing of the ‘woke’ movement can score one for the death of free speech.

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Doyle does not try to incite people to do anything other than think. About the way the words ‘Nazi’ and ‘fascist’ are hurled around, about a media that runs important arguments through the medium of C List celebrities, about tribalism and the endless search for something else to be offended by. He points out absurdities, he deals in realities and because criticism is now on a one-way system, it puts him beyond the comedic pale to criticise those who criticise him.

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