Glenn Moore @ Pleasance Courtyard

A truthful and deftly structured hour from 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Glenn Moore

Review by James Gladdis | 22 Aug 2019
  • Glenn Moore @ Pleasance Courtyard

Part of the fun of Glenn Moore’s comedy – and there’s a lot to be had here – is trying to unravel and unpack what is real and what isn’t. Straight out the gate, Moore lets the audience know that nothing he says is to be trusted. What follows is an hour of complex, complicated and joyfully stupid jokes that, ironically, conceal a deeper, more truthful meaning.

In the past, Moore was a newsreader. He tells us that journalism always appealed to him for the simple fact that, well, it exclusively dealt in facts. This is an ideal job for someone such as Moore, someone who prefers to resist expressing any of his actual opinions. It’s just easier to deal in fact, he tells us, because then you never run the risk of upsetting or annoying anyone.

This obviously isn’t true; if you resist expressing how you really feel then you run the very prescient risk of being emotionally unavailable. As he becomes louder, brasher and increasingly frantic he manages to give the impression of a child discovering an uncomfortable truth without ever coming off as pathetic or brattish.

Love Don’t Live Here Glenny Moore is a deftly structured piece of comedy steeped in an endless amount of clever, silly metaphors and jokes that is just weird enough to baffle you, but just real enough to relate to.

Glenn Moore: Love Don't Live Here Glenny MoorePleasance Courtyard (Cabaret Bar), until 25 Aug, 4pm, £9-11