David Cross: Oh Come On (4 stars)

David Cross: Oh Come On

A stand-up star delivers a masterclass in form allied to barnstorming content

It might take David Cross a full hour to get round to dismantling his nation's president, but you are never in doubt that a Trump character assassination is on the way. When it does arrive, the Arrested Development and Mr Show star semi-apologises for the scatological and unsubtle rendition of his own retribution fantasy; whether it's true or not that secret service agents paid the comic a visit when word leaked of this brutal passage in his set, you can easily believe that the thin-skinned paranoiac who runs America would release the hounds onto liberal entertainers.

Before Cross finally reaches his prime target (introduced by reading out an almost absurdly long charge sheet against Trump that barely requires a punchline) he has regaled his Glasgow audience with an over-familiar observation about the inconsistent Scottish weather, and discussed fatherhood, health issues and hipster soap. Donning a lumberjack shirt and a beard that would give David Letterman's facial hair a run for its over-grown money, he initially delivers ten minutes of perfectly amusing chatter that he assures us is 'not the show', finally settling into the rhythm of Oh Come On.

Perhaps one of the reasons Cross does take so long in reaching his Trump routine is that he is in absolutely no rush to simply tear through the material. A masterclass in pacing, Cross gives the impression of someone who might stumble or pause over a word at any moment when he is, instead, building in tension and stretching the moment before pulling the rug from under an audience.

So his longer sections about the relationship he has with his young daughter, or the colonic irrigation session he 'enjoys' with his wife (the Time's Up co-founder Amber Tamblyn), or the time he thought an intruder was in his house finally spill out hilarious conclusions when it seems as though these tales have run out of steam. A triumph of form as much as content, David Cross' short UK tour proves that he's a contrarian stand-up that's long on talent.

Seen at Òran Mór, Glasgow.

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