Andrew Ryan: Ryanopoly
Few people are as perfectly placed to discuss the importance of money as Andrew Ryan. For one thing, he's Irish, and the Irish have a pretty recent experience of what it's like to be poor, then rich, then poor again. For another, he's a former manager at RBS. The less said about that the better.
Ryan does a great job of building a standup show around his theme, running through a series of bits about people who want to take our money. There's an ingenious section on using data protection laws to avoid repaying your overdraft, plus some excellent tips on how to wind up insurance salesmen.
Ryan doesn't look entirely dissimilar to Ardal O'Hanlon and he's quite happy to play the role of the cheeky, winking Irishman. But, like O'Hanlon, he's also ferociously intelligent and a great writer. It adds up to an excellent performance, charming, hilarious and accessible with some really powerful thinking underneath it all.
The biggest shock of the night is when Ryan says he's only been a professional standup for two years. Tonight's show is sold out and Ryan works the room like an old pro, entertaining and educating them in equal measures.