Preview: Gary Delaney, Purist

Gary Delaney. Pic: Comp
Gary Delaney. Pic: Comp
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MOCK the Week regular Gary Delaney stops off at The Stand on Tuesday with his latest show, Purist.

Known as the ‘Picasso of puns’, Delaney thinks that most comedy shows don’t contain enough jokes, consequently he is trying single handedly to redress the balance.

In other words, expect jokes - don’t expect narrative, themes or a voyage of self-discovery.

Back by popular demand, the double Sony Award winner is looking forward to his return to the Capital. It was here in 2013 that he made Dave TV’s Top 10 Jokes of the Fringe. In fact, Delaney had two of his gags included in the top ten of the third annual Dave Award, the only comedian to do

2013: “I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell.”

2010: “As a kid I was made to walk the plank. We couldn’t afford a dog.”

“For most comics the Fringe is what gives us a structure to our year. Without the structures of writing, previews then a show in August the comic’s life is just an endless slog of one gig after another,” he says.

“Basically the city is the equivalent of our long summer holidays when you were a kid.”

Delaney’s razor sharp one-liners have made him widely regarded as one of the most quotable comics on the circuit, although it has been noted that the sheer number of outstanding gags leaves the audience struggling to remember them all.

Married to fellow comedian Sarah Millican, they wed in 2013, Delaney has also written for many TV programmes including 8 Out of 10 Cats, 10 O’Clock Live, A League of Their Own and Stand Up for the Week.

He received two prestigious Sony Awards, known as the radio Oscars, for his work on Kerrang! Radio.

When Purist premiered at the Fringe five years ago, it sold out its entire run, and played to rave reviews.

In 2013 Delaney returned to the Capital with his second show Gary Delaney 2: This Time It Isn’t Personal. His current tour began in 2013, but be warned, Delaney’s act is “not suitable for bairns or sensitive souls.”

Gary Delaney: Purist, The Stand, York Place, Tuesday, 8.30pm, £11, 0131-558 7272