I was drawn to this show by the title. As a single lady, it sounded all too relatable, and I couldn’t have been more right. Around the World in 80 Dates is the story of Scottish singleton Chris Henry and his plan to live out his ‘list’ of perfect dates… yes, you guessed it, all eighty of them!
The Scottish comedian is open about his single status, prompted by an ex-partner’s infidelity nine years ago that left him broken-hearted and plunged him into the world of comedy. Henry is also adamant he wants to change his current situation, earnestly asking loved up audience members their secrets to success.
From the accent, to his dimples and his ability to laugh at himself, it’s almost hard to believe the Scot is so unlucky in love. Henry is the kind of guy that men would want to be, and ladies would want to be with, and his awkward recollections of past encounters – some more X-rated than others – makes him all the more loveable. His confession to a hatred of cheese was even forgiven in my eyes.
The audience were completely and utterly engaged, and Henry fed off their stories, recalling them vividly in order to come back to them at various points in the show. Around the World in 80 Dates was interactive and whether you’re married, engaged, dating or single, there’s something for everyone to love in Henry’s show.
The venue may have been intimate, but Henry’s comedy is quality, and worthy of an even larger stage. If you get a chance to see Around the World in 80 Dates before this Fringe season winds down, you certainly won’t be disappointed.
Tickets can be purchased HERE.
By Rachel Gould