Edinburgh Festival Day 17: Reviews: Mark Thomas

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Mark Thomas's set is the slickest, tightest stand-up routine in Edinburgh. Watching the Lloyds names take a dive, he says, is like watching the ski jump - 'You don't care who wins, you just want to see as many injuries as possible.' His material is smart, yet it's so heavily scripted it gives his delivery a perfunctory feel. It comes as a relief when someone leaves for the toilet and Thomas relaxes into an inspired stretch of infectious banter.

Assembly Rooms, 54 George St (venue 3), 031-226 2428. 10pm. To 5 Sept.

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