Al Murray - The Pub Landlord: The Only Way is Epic

Al Murray brings his hilarious, bigoted alter-ego to the stage: The Only Way Is Epic is the Pub Landlord’s announcement that he is going to give you an inspirational speech. Rather counter-intuitively, in a whirlwind of satire, mockery and swearwords, Murray delivers a fantastic performance which will have you far too busy rolling around on the floor cackling to get up and sort out the world.

Murray’s characterisation of the Pub Landlord creates such a dominant stage presence that he will immediately have your laughter at his command. If you are in the front row or two, this will be mildly terrifying: you may well get splashed by his lolling pint glass and he will almost definitely pick on you. The Pub Landlord mocks pretty much everyone, but he will be forgiven at the drop of a hat because he’s just too funny. His facial expressions, his ability to remember everyone’s names and bring them back up half an hour later to be the butt of his next joke, his scathing voice of superiority – everything is wildly entertaining. Murray is playing a role in a brilliant way which evades the possibility of truly offending anyone and cleverly makes the humour of his show three dimensional.

Moreover, no audience member is ever asked to really contribute anything; Murray carries this show completely by himself and he certainly does not need to source his wit from anywhere else. The Only Way Is Epic keeps wonderfully in vogue as he discusses the euro crisis, the wasted youth of today and the debate surrounding Scottish independence. He insults everything, concedes nothing and throws his catchphrase ‘It’s much more complicated than that!’ around whilst pulling pints messily from his on-stage tap for emphasis. In essence, Murray is master of his enormous audience in McEwan Hall and the atmosphere is quite something to be a part of.

There are moments when spectators previously unfamiliar with the Pub Landlord might be a bit less quick to laugh and there’s the odd joke with an easily predictable punchline, but generally The Only Way Is Epic is a storm. Murray’s charisma drives a hurricane that will leave you absolutely buzzing.

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

The Blurb

Britain's favourite pub philosopher returns to Edinburgh. The Guv serves up his premier brew of satirical genius and hilarious barroom buffoonery in this phenomenally successful stand-up show.

Most Popular See More

Matilda the Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

SIX

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Pretty Woman: The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets