Halfpenny Comedy Club
The North Skelton, Holmbeck Road, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 2AL, UK
19:00 on 29/06/2019
22:00 on 29/06/2019
HALFPENNY COMEDY SKELTON PRESENTS CHRIS MCGLADE
Mike Milligan, Ted Hankey , Dean Moore
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Phil Nichol was the headliner, and Bobby Davro was the most famous name on the bill. But the comedian who’ll be best remembered from this Comedy Happening gig was the relatively unknown Chris McGlade. ‘Relatively unknown’ for not much longer, I’d wager.
Even in an evening rich with intensely vigorous performances, this Middlesbrough-based comic stood out for the mesmerising passion with which he delivered his eloquent, poetic and piercing diatribe against metropolitan liberal elite before him.
With his urgent spiel, this working-class preacher-poet-comedian has a compelling relevance. As society fragments with dangerous consequences, his lively wit is here to puncture some of the bubbles, gleefully tearing into his audience as idiots.
He honed his craft on the Northern working men’s club circuit, but McGlade is as far from the Bernard Manning mould as you could expect. Well, he does tell a joke about ‘Pakis’ but couches it in such a robust argument that justifies the offensive term.
McGlade later states that political correctness has killed comedy – an uncharacteristically bland simplification that makes him seem way more reactionary than he otherwise comes across – but there’s much to credit in the way he challenges the smug certainties of the progressives. His rants could perhaps do with a few more gags, but the tone and theatrical performance are perfect.