Comedy review: Fin Taylor: Lefty Tighty Righty Loosey

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Fin Taylor really found his voice at last year’s Fringe, provocatively exploring white privilege with caustic observation but also a mischievous playfulness that prodded and poked at liberal sensibilities.

Just the Tonic at the Tron (Venue 51)


Now he’s back with a sustained attack on their social smugness, blasting political correctness and virtue signalling for being the bare minimum of engagement, a moral affectation that he’s keen to disassemble from every angle.

Just the Tonic at the Tron (Venue 51)

Although he does seem to have had a genuine shift to the centre ground, no longer willing to abide any excuses for terrorism, he can’t discount the awful year he’s had personally and the freedom he’s felt since being dumped from colouring his views. Even so, if he’s feeling insecure, he’s doing his best to mask it with a let-it-burn embrace of the new world order and a cocksure swagger that sees him dismiss the venerated Bill Hicks in his opening gambit.

Nailing the holier-than-thou attitude of hardcore feminists who refused to vote for Hillary Clinton and thus, at least partly facilitated Donald Trump’s path to the Oval Office, Taylor nevertheless bemoans the president’s overt sexism and racism, making it harder for his more covert and insidious prejudices to find expression. He even berates the audience at one point that if we don’t laugh, this is simply hate speech.

Laissez-faire about and embracing the emergence of pure, capitalist developments like Tinder, Uber and Airbnb, Taylor has developed his own brand of merchandise to exploit emboldened racists, his casually delivered but skilfully plotted outrageousness ensuring he’s a taste television commissioners have to think very carefully about before acquiring. The tongue is in and out of Taylor’s cheek, but for anyone who wants to see passionate political arguments, artfully deployed with a brutal lack of soft-soaping for his audience’s convictions, this is the show for you.

Until tomorrow. Today 10.20pm.