Fringe Review: Run, deaf boy, run
The Stand, Edinburgh
Fed up with his slovenly lifestyle, deaf comedian Steve Day decided to take up running.
In his show, Run, deaf boy, run, Day gives a heart-warming account of the physical and mental challenges involved in running the London Marathon last year.
His chosen theme gives him plenty of scope to weave in some of his established material – including a skit that he and his wife followed the Beckhams’ tradition of naming their children where they were conceived, and so decided to call their twins ‘Elephant’ and ‘Castle’ – with newer jokes about the trials and tribulations involved in preparing for the big run.
Day is a natural storyteller, with a fluent delivery and, having been a professional comedian for the past 12 years, manages to find comedy in the unlikeliest of places. This includes his irritation with running whilst wearing hearing aids – as all he could hear was the sound of “a fat man wheezing”! It’s just this kind of self-deprecating humour that makes Day such an enjoyable comedian.