The debut comedy show from Abie Philbin Bowman has a tricky premise and it was always going to be either quite good or downright awful.

Jesus returns to earth as a stand-up comedian (apparently religion was meant as a practical joke but the masses went and fell for it) and soon gets in trouble with US immigration.

Homeless, from Bethlehem, and with his last job 'a mission from God, which involved dying as a religious martyr'- Jesus is quickly whisked off to the Guantanamo detention centre in Cuba.

He describes his stint at the prison and complains about the 'Life of Brian' crew pinching his material for comedy sketches.

The hour-long show is alternatively silly and disarmingly serious. One minute Bowman tells how after three inmates killed themselves, the Pentagon declared the suicides an act of "asymmetric warfare", and the next he breaks into song, with 'Villain Killing Dylan' being a particularly amusing number– "Hey Mr Laryngitis play a song for me..."

While he describes to us what is going on in Guatanamo Bay, he manages not to clog up the act with too much information. As well as being a strong attack on US foreign policy and Louis Walsh, the show is also just as much about religion.

Yes, it's outrageously blasphemous but it's safe to say that those who are at risk of being offended will stay away.

Overall, the delivery was assured and Bowman is a versatile performer. He struck a balance with the straight laughs and the straight drama that the subject matter called for.

With a non-preachy and accessible style, Bowman has managed to produce topical political comedy that is actually funny and the show is sure to go down well at Edinburgh's Fringe Festival when it travels there next month.

Mary McCarthy