Justin Moorhouse: Destiny Calling -Gilded Balloon (Venue 14)

Justin Moorhouse (Pic: Cath Ruane)
Justin Moorhouse (Pic: Cath Ruane)
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Justin Moorhouse: Destiny Calling -Gilded Balloon (Venue 14)

It’s impossible to dislike Justin Moorhouse - actor, stand-up comic, radio presenter, Mastermind winner, and general all round top bloke.

You get a flavour of the man from the home page of his website as he pens a note from the festival: ‘‘I’m in Edinburgh for the Fringe and do you know what? I’ve nothing to moan about. Not a complaint from me about anything. I’m having a peaceful, happy and productive Fringe – I’m blessed.

‘‘There’s a really nice vibe about to this year – I don’t know why?

‘‘Weather – lovely – mostly sunny and dry, rained a lot last night but who cares? It’s sunny today.’’

A gloriously sunny Tuesday morning saw him co-host the Kay Adams show on Radio Scotland where he wandered round the BBC compound chatting away to folk, and then on stage he took his roving mic into the audience as well as chatting to the stars on the sofa.

Rewind around a fortnight and he delivered a fab ten-minute set to 3000 people at Forth on The Fringe, but his real job at the festival is his nightly stand-up show at the Gilded Balloon.

Tuesday night - one of the quieter as the Fringe edges into its final week - didn’t deliver a full house, but he still provided an hour of enjoyable, entertaining comedy based loosely around the eternal theme of a midlife crisis, with strolls into the world of the NHS, his hip replacement, and his dream of turning out as a Manchester United player.

Add in some chit chat with the front row - who were all more than happy to get involved, including the two ladies who had to nip off early to see Hal Cruttenden - and you have all the ingredients necessary to build towards a good finale involving a road trip to stress out even someone as laid back as Moorhouse.

There’s no huge underlying social message to Moorhouse’s gig - simply an opportunity to enjoy 60 minutes of comedy based on themes we can all relate to.

And he’s right - there is a good vibe to the festival, and he’s playing his part making that happen.