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Mark Dolan Changes the World – Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Reviewer: John Roberts

Mark Dolan has become a regular feature on TV over the part few years, not primarily as a stand-up comedian but as a presenter and documentary maker.

The premise for his show this year, is that he plans to change the world, he has a manifesto and he’s going to share it with us all… As with most comedy shows at the fringe it would appear that this show falls into the “I needed a title for a show,and now I’m stuck with trying to fit my concept into an hour long set.”

Let’s face it, other comedians such as Mark Thomas have already successfully used this premise to great acclaim and if Dolan had of been a little more clever it might have worked just as well.

While his concept may have took second place within the actual set that’s not to say his comedy isn’t funny. Dolan had a great chemistry with his audience and plenty of interaction gets him firmly on side.

Here is a comedian who has a warm and generous persona and the range of topics be covers are witty and intelligent,but one can’t help but be disappointed that his shows premise wasn’t as fully realised as it could have been.

A shame as the material he has is enjoyable but could have been so much better

Runs until 24th August

Reviewer: John Roberts Mark Dolan has become a regular feature on TV over the part few years, not primarily as a stand-up comedian but as a presenter and documentary maker. The premise for his show this year, is that he plans to change the world, he has a manifesto and he's going to share it with us all... As with most comedy shows at the fringe it would appear that this show falls into the "I needed a title for a show,and now I'm stuck with trying to fit my concept into an hour long set." Let's face it, other…

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