David Burke: 3 Days Off Jesus
David Burke has a kettle by the side of the stage and, before kicking off, he makes himself a nice cup of tea. This detail tells you everything you need to know about Burke's show, one of the most relaxed and friendly experiences available on the Fringe.
His tiny room is at capacity today but that doesn't stop him making time to chat with every single member of the audience. Before talking to each person he pauses to confirm that he's not going to be horrible or take the piss, and he isn't. We all have a lovely chat and get to know each other before Burke kicks off on his material, a collection of life stories about how this man, born three days before Christmas, is not perfect but is trying his best.
There are lovely yarns about growing up in Ireland and some heartwarming tales of his rather lonely life as an Edinburgh resident. Burke also delves into religion and politics but stresses that he's not especially angry about these topics and doesn't like extremists on either side.
It's not groundbreaking stuff but it is very warm and very funny. Bring a mug and he might let you make your own cuppa to enjoy while he charms you.