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CHRIS MCGLADE- 'FORGIVENESS'

MLA Talent

Comedy

Venue:The City Café, 19 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 220 0125
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: Las Vegas
AUG 1-25 at 21:15 (60 min)
 
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'Following the murder of his father, hard hitting and critically acclaimed Northern comedian Chris McGlade is attempting to lay to rest the ghosts that have haunted him ever since. This show, whilst telling the story of his dad's horrific murder, is also a funny, sincere, 'un- PC', no holds barrred and touching homage to the man who shaped his life and humour. Could the murder of your dad ever be funny?'

‘Come the next revolution, Chris McGlade could be the next Alexei Sayle’ Chortle - Steve Bennett ****

‘This is weaponised comedy, locked and loaded. It is awesome’ The Scotsman – Kate Copstick

‘Intense, unique show unlike anything else you’ll see on the Fringe’ Beyond the Joke - Bruce Dessau ****



News and Reviews for this Show

August 16, 2019 The Scotsman
Edinburgh Fringe 2019: 4 Great Free Fringe Shows
Chris McGlade is the very definition of no-holds-barred comic - a cigarettes and whisky comic from a previous time who approaches sensitive topics with all the sensitivity of a rampant sledgehammer.

He is brazen, and he definitely looks to shake his audience out of their pre-established ideas of acceptability, but he isn't callous and his comedy isn't cruel. This is never clearer than with his new show, which is centred around the murder of his father and his own difficult journey towards forgiving the murderer. That willingness to show vulnerability, using comedy to process pain rather than to ironically glaze over it, is what makes him more than an old-school shock comic. Click Here

August 14, 2019  Telegraph
In a sweaty basement room in the heart of Edinburgh off the Royal Mile, a northern comedian called Chris McGlade, 54, is delivering one of the most enjoyable and life-affirming hours on the Fringe. What’s remarkable is that his upbeat show derives from the bleakest subject-matter: his father’s murder.

Looking – with his warm, charismatic smile – like a gaunt version of the actor James Nesbitt, McGlade, from Redcar, near Middlesbrough, isn’t seeking to make his name or his fortune. Instead, this regular face on the still-surviving working-men’s clubs in the North has something to get off his chest – a rather asthmatic chest at that; his folks smoked like chimneys when he was a kid.

“When we went on holiday we used to put patches on the budgie,” he jokes.

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August 14, 2019  The Scotsman
An hour with Chris McGlade is always an intense experience.

He has a unique comedy voice – part emotional and political powerhouse, part working men’s club gagster.

He is no respecter of personal space and you can find yourself almost literally eyeball to eyeball with the man as he gets vehement on the subject of friendly but non-PC joking in a multi-ethnic, working class community, the spiky friendship between his father and his Pakistani accountant or the impressive CV in direct action that he has built up over the years.

The laughs in a Mcglade show are big, old-fashioned, belly-laughs, and with them he buys himself the space to tell his story, in this instance, the horrific murder of his father and how he came to terms with it. He builds up with hilarious descriptions of life with his hard drinking, heavy smoking, frequently violent parents, his impoverished upbringing and the legacy of the Black Irish.

The overly woke would probably have PTSD for weeks after this show, but I defy even them not to fall about laughing at the section about his parents’ smoking.

The heart of the show is the death of his father and how he came to forgive his killer. He deals with this in classically in yer face Mcglade style. Emotions are raw and massive and it is a tribute to the relationship he has built up with the audience that we stay with through all of this. A unique experience. You might need a drink afterwards. Click Here

August 11, 2019  Fest
In one respect, Chris McGlade's latest hour is a typical Fringe offering, in that he's mining personal trauma for his narrative. Yet the Middlesbrough grandfather isn't your typical standup. He's a product of the working men's club circuit and avowed sceptic of over-sensitive, political correctness. Moreover, the pain he's exorcising is the brutal murder of his father. And his challenge has been two-fold. How can he justify forgiving his father's killer? And how can he make it funny?

Performing off-mic in his intimate venue, the expressive McGlade appeals directly to his audience, imploring them to engage with his tale. Offering a comprehensive, unvarnished tableaux of a working-class family with dark Irish blood in their veins and domestic violence, criminality and marital tension lurking in the background, he nevertheless finds plentiful humour in their eccentricities and contradictions, sharp-elbowed laughter their coping mechanism when times have been hardest. McGlade's relationship with his late father was particularly complicated. His dad's outward difficulty in expressing affection and crushing of his son's adolescent dream, yet generous, forgiving nature, leading inexorably to this show being performed.

McGlade has had other serious struggles in his life. And while he may not have always reacted in his best interests, his instinctive recourse to jokes in his bleakest moments is self-evidently cathartic and has gone a long way towards making him the accomplished storyteller he is now, a twinkle in his eyes reinforcing his stated optimism for what lies ahead. Click Here

August 10, 2019  Chortle
There is plenty of food for thought in Chris McGlade’s heartfelt and often intense show about his murdered father. He tells the story with a potent intimacy, standing on a stool to physically loom over us in a room no bigger than a broom closet, drawing us in with a frank and dynamic performance.

The story starts by describing what sort of a man his dad was: emotionally distant, tight with money, and a ‘wind-up merchant’ who would mock everyone he encountered.

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August 5, 2019  The List
How laughter helped with a family trauma

How do you ever process and get over the murder of your father, let alone forgive the perpetrator of the crime? That's the question Chris McGlade grapples with in his intimate new show, where he helps the audience get to know the man he knew as his father through a series of anecdotes about their life together, before detailing the aftermath of his brutal murder, and how his life has changed since.

McGlade begins by regaling us with tales of his early life in multicultural, 1970s Middlesbrough, where English and immigrant families lived, worked and laughed side by side. With an attitude inherited from his father, McGlade doesn't care about political correctness and several of his jokes sit uncomfortably given that we're not used to hearing certain language in our sanitised culture these days. But that's exactly the point he's trying to get across.

Laughter is the thread that runs through McGlade's show, and is how he got through this trauma so that he could forgive not only the murderer, but also his father, mother and, ultimately, himself. It's an introspective and thoughtful hour which isn't filled with thick-and-fast laughs, but McGlade is an assured performer and an engaging storyteller. He leaves you thinking about societal issues and whether there's anyone or anything we need to forgive in our own lives. Click Here

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