Review: Bill Bailey, Alhambra, Dunfermline, May 8

Bill Bailey
Bill Bailey

BILL Bailey is a man of many talents - comedian, musician, actor and presenter.

Before last night I’d never seen his live stand-up before.

And I’m pleased to say that he didn’t disappoint.

Returning to the Alhambra Theatre for the first of two nights in Dunfermline (and his first Scottish date on his tour), Bailey recalled his visit on the last occasion.

At first it seemed the comedian had a challenge on his hands in the form of audience hostility, but Bailey soon got into the swing of things and discovered all that was needed to help the situation and get some answers was a musical introduction before asking a question.

Bailey delivered his set with energy and passion, covering topics from politics to Danish crime dramas via the west London accent, and a run down of some popular acronyms with a difference.

‘Qualmpeddler’ sees Bailey look at popular culture and question what a strange world we live in.

Throw in music performed on a range of instruments and in many styles, and a few clever videos - voila, it makes for a great night of comedy.

Bailey’s known for his musical parodies and this time round we’re treated to a reggae version of the Downton Abbey theme among others.

After the tough crowd, a wardrobe malfunction shortly before the end of the first half saw Bailey’s night get even worse.

But despite it all, he continued to deliver top class entertainment in his usual witty style. #justsayin

Bil Bailey’s ‘Qualmpeddler’ is at the Alhambra Theatre, Dunfermline again on May 9.