Comedy review: Dominic Holland Eclipsed - Free

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Dominic Holland was always a really good stand up – he was Perrier Best Newcomer in 1993 – but it has, as they say, been a while.

Voodoo Rooms (Venue 68)

****

Four kids, six books, an award-winning radio series and four screenplays later he is still a really good stand up and now has an amazing tale to hang a routine on.

The show is a properly accomplished bit of ­writing and his onstage presence is so charming and in ­control that we could be at the V&A rather than the ­Voodoo Rooms. A lesser comic would ­have filled an hour with My Son Spider-Man stories.

Don’t worry, you will hear beautifully told tales of Tom, from bad disco dancing through Billy Elliott to movies and, finally, Spider-Man, and hilarious howls of anguish from a Daddy Showbiz out-showbizzed by his 12-year-old son.

But alongside the eponymous relationship we get some top drawer stand up about being a New Man, the immutable differences between men and ­women, dog-owning and poo-picking. Tom might be the famous one, but I bet he’d die at The Comedy Store.

Until 27 August. Today 4:40pm.