Will Duggan is a self-confessed angry person and while there are so many reasons for us all to be mad, he struggles to pin down exactly why he is the way that he is.
His set is filled with entertaining self-deprecating humour. Duggan is more than aware of the away he looks and the way that makes people perceive him. He doesn’t hold it against them, instead he jokes along. This is something Duggan has gotten used to since his high school days in which he was relentlessly teased for his, admittedly hilarious, previous name.
Duggan is far more concerned with the world that is figuratively and literally on fire. He rants about the climate, politics and just about anything you could think of. These tirades sometimes drag a little bit as he takes his time complaining about menial things. Still, his observational comedy is entertainingly shrewd and results in a wonderfully comical hour.
‘Iceberg’ is by no means a downer, reminding the audience of the constant chaos we all live in. It’s daft and doesn’t skimp on the dick jokes. Duggan adores making other people feel awkward and he certainly achieves this as you’re left stifling your laughter with head in hands. His use of absurdity and hyperbole are as shocking as they are amusing. This show is also packed with niche references that are rewardingly hysterical when they land but did fly over peoples’ heads occasionally.
Duggan also has deep rooted anger in genuinely awful experiences and it’s these moments that you cannot help but feel for the man. Even when life is soul crushingly awful, we have to move on and continue laughing.
Duggan gives his show a big conclusion to add continuity and appease the comedy overlords, tying together a really well-written set. If you need a place where your rightful fury at the world feels reciprocated, then Will Duggan is your man.
Will Duggan: Iceberg, 15.25, Pleasance Courtyard, August 11 – 14, 16 – 28