Donald Robertson is Not a Stand Up Comedian

Gary McNair
Traverse Theatre

Donald Robertson is Not a Stand Up Comedian

This is a love it or hate it experience. Gary McNair, becoming his own protagonist, uses the medium of stand-up to explore stand-up and possibly rather more.

His starting point is to tell deliberately corny jokes rather badly. This develops into a story about the titular, bullied 15-year-old.

McNair the comic somehow becomes mentor to Robertson the punch bag, delivering life lessons that are intended to help the teenager fight back against school bullies.

Eventually, after a great deal of dithering around, the youngster gets cool in rather unconvincing, accidental fashion, leading to a twist in the tail.

Viewers might find the whole thing hilarious or could see it as an experimental piece that says very little.

Reviewer: Philip Fisher

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