Oran Mor: Glasgow ****
Since the show debuted at last year’s Glasgow Comedy Festival, the script has been tightened, the stories are more varied and they’ve been updated with musings about Donald Trump and, er, Henry VIII. Trump’s uninhibited behaviour and rise to power feel almost incidental though, simply the most recent example to hand for Connell fantasising out loud about a mid-life crisis.
The pair’s tales are familiar enough – visiting confession, a son’s school open day or a museum, even attending a gangster’s wedding – and remain relatable and rooted in emotional truth, even as their imaginations run wild or they recall escalations of extreme fury or sexual desperation, with Florence offering a tour-de-force account of his character’s misadventures with Viagra. Essentially, Uncles feels like eavesdropping on countless hours of bar bravado, self-aware bullshit and pent-up desperation, but edited down to the entertaining highlights. An adaptation for late-night radio surely beckons.