Dominic Holland, Edinburgh Fringe Festival review: Modest dad deserves a second act

Grins of the father: Dominic Holland with his son Tom: Getty Images
Grins of the father: Dominic Holland with his son Tom: Getty Images

Dominic Holland’s Fringe return after a decade is a family affair, with his wife and sons ushering in the audience. There is one son missing though. Tom Holland is filming in Montreal with Star Wars' Daisy Ridley. He is also Spider-Man.

Eclipsed is essentially an account of how a quite successful father was overtaken in the fame game by his superstar son. It is a hilarious tale of good things happening to nice people. Protective dad Dominic kept taking his son aside to prepare him for disappointment. Tom kept triumphing.

Holland senior tells his story with an engaging mix of high status and self-deprecation. He points out that he was once hot too, being crowned Best Newcomer in Edinburgh in 1993. "Happy days," he grimaces, before adding that this is a free gig and he will be asking for donations at the end.

He is being modest. The room is rammed and the non-stop laughs underline how fickle comedy can be. Holland, now 50, never made it big yet his skilfully delivered routines about painful prostates, school run calamities and men not dressing their age would fit snugly onto Live at the Apollo.

Maybe not cutting edge but he deserves a second act. No TV producer can say he is past it. He is younger than John Bishop and Micky Flanagan. And as funny.

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