Matt Richardson has returned to the Edinburgh Fringe with a brand new show, Slash. The former Xtra Factor host curates a strong hour of comedy which is perfect for the Fringe crowds. Existing fans and those discovering him for the first time will be equally delighted.
Scottish readers will be pleased to know that urination is not involved, not the performance I attended anyway. The title is not slang for going to the bathroom but instead refers to a particular kind of fan fiction that can be found online. It’s better left to Matt to explain the intricacies of this particular kind of writing, but needless to say it makes for some hilarious material.
The content of the show is crude, and Matt warns us all up front. But it’s that harmless kind of crude which has you giggling into the palm of your hand. I genuinely think he’d prefer us all to be much more offended than we actually are but in the end, it’s just too difficult to be insulted because Matt Richardson is far too likeable a comedian. An hour with Matt feels more like an hour messing around with your best mate.
He maintains a strong narrative throughout the show which all weaves together nicely. No one is spared from even the dirtiest of jokes, with beloved family members taking the brunt of them, and Matt isn’t afraid to take the mickey out of himself either.
Anyone who enjoys a good dick joke, and perhaps readers of Heat Magazine, will lap up Slash. With plenty of competition, Matt Richardson is still one of the top comedians in Edinburgh this year.