Ray Bradshaw did not originally plan to do the festival this year, but if you go along to his show, you’ll be glad he did.
After touring with John Bishop earlier in the year, he is back at the festival with his new show, “Bald Ginger”. Ray Bradshaw has a lot to get off his chest, mainly what it was like growing up with deaf parents, the pitfalls of his lack of music knowledge and how his series of sign language standup shows nearly went without any faults.
Ahead of his big upcoming tour, Ray is trying out some new material, a lot of which involves his Dad, who appears to share his love of comedy. His funny stories about his childhood, the pranks he and his Dad play and his worst career mistake to date make for a show that is full of varied and hilarious content.
Something that makes Ray different to other comedians is his approach to talking to the audience. Some comedians pick on audience members, or ignore them completely, but in this show it feels as though he is very interested in what you have to say, you’d be forgiven for thinking he’s going to tag along with you when the show is over.
For festival goers who like small, intimate comedy shows, this is right up your street. The format is very casual, the audience are included in the show and despite playing in some of the biggest venues in the UK, Ray Bradshaw feels like an approachable and easy going comedian.
“Bald Ginger” is a fantastic advert for the quality of Scottish homegrown talent at the Fringe this year. Most comedians at the Fringe have spoken about how they have missed playing gigs, and few have missed it as much as Ray Bradshaws seems to. He believes he has the best job in the world, and he’s good at it too.
Scottish Comedy Festival @ Waverley Bar, 19.30, August 7-16, 18-23, 25-29