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Probably best known to most people as Don Danbury in BBC Three’s excellent ‘How Not To Live Your Life’, Clark is back with his first new solo offering in three years. Billed as a show about ‘love, death and crushing loneliness’ it delivers all of these, as well as gay porn, filthy mermaid related songs and simulated slow-motion sex – so something for everyone, really.
This is intelligent, grown-up, growing up comedy. Clark is a great writer and in some ways this can be a problem. His lines are so well-written it can feel more like he’s an actor delivering a great script rather than a spontaneous off-the-cuff stand-up, and this leads to a certain degree of distance between performer and audience.
Having said that as he discusses the pain of being a 38-year-old bachelor facing a life alone he does it with such elegance, laconic grace and terse wit that you can forgive him most things.
This may not be a classic show but it’s a delightful return from a performer who was just hitting his live stride when he got whisked off on to telly. There’s a lot more to come from Mr Clark.
‘Dan Clark – Me, My Selfie and I’ is at the Pleasance Dome, 8.20pm