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Lee and Herring have it all: mass teen appeal. credibility. a TV show and a sheep-like audience that will even laugh at its own sheep-like behaviour. For the modest Pleasance One theatre they kit themselves out in those head-set microphones favoured by Take That and telephone receptionists. This leaves Stewart free to prowl the stage with his hands in his pockets (cool). but also looks like a premature rehearsal for a stadium

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I Lee And Herring Live (Fringe) Stewart Lee and Richard Herring. Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550. 22-24 Aug. 8.45pm. £8/£8.50 (£7/£7.50).

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This is comedy-by— numbers: meticulously planned and devoid of much spontatteity or rhythm. The audience is there not to engage with. but to rabble rouse. like William Wallace. to whom he often refers. He slags off Chubby Brown and Bernard Manning. bttt some of his material is adolescent attd offensive. It's no good trying to be ironic about saying the c- word. when you‘re ttot up to it. It's boysey. Loaded humour. with devolution spice. but lacking in much wit. charisma or charm.

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drunk. crap at football. etc). Much of the set it atnusing. but it's a hollow. superficial experience. with no resonance arid a slightly tacky aftertaste. if only there was more material like his superb Connery itt 'I’ruinspurling. or liuro‘)6 routines. then this would be a great

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down an absolute storm. (Grant Gordon)

I Fred MacAulay (Fringe) Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2|5l. until 3| Aug. 9pm. £7 (£6).

Matt Welcome: punbelletrable


Matt Welcome approaches life with one eyebrow permanently raised. Throughout an intelligent. hilarious stand-up comedy act he observes his audience's fits ofgiggles almost dispassionately. The material has a satisfying density about it. You‘re scared to laugh aloud in case you miss an extra twist to the joke. Welcome‘s bizarre chronicle of the mundane transcends the boundaries of observational humour to flirt with pure fantasy and. though he churns out the puns. he delivers his word play with such knowing panache that you forgive him willingly. His brutal. surreal take on life is ripe for cult status so go and see him now. (Catriona Craig) I What You Can Do (Fringe) Matt Welcome. Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550. until 3| Aug (not 29) 9.35pm. £7.50/£6.50 (£6.50/£5.50).

guardian angel or invisible friend is anybody‘s‘ guess. bttt as soon as writers start penning stuff about ltow unbearably hard it is to create their precious art. they're in trouble. addressing no one bttt themselves. Despite being a reasonable production. this play needs a good shake to find out exactly what it's on about. (Neil Cooper)

I Hildegard (Fringe) First Base. Netherbow Theatre (Venue 30) 556 957‘). until 3i Aug (not Suns) 8.l5pm. £5 (£3.50).



Jonathan Rice's performance ts a masterclass iii how to do a one-man show. lie plays twins ~ one gay. the other aggressively straight ~ .is they gradually reclaim the love they had for each other in childhood.

Rice displays impressive dratnatic poise and control. effortlessly switching between toles. How ever. the piece is curiously unmoving. The characters are really just ciphers the thug arid his gay twin brother and so. although brilliantly acted.

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Yorkshire features heavily in tvvtnkley-eyed. endearing comic .\lark Hurst's" set it's where he's from so he know s all about their leelmgs on offal. women and ('oru/iullt ill Si/i'i !.

He also has ideas on sexually frustrated dinosaurs. \shy cocaine turns you into .i gantesltotv host and Sumo wrestling but presumably he didn‘t get those frotn living tn Yorkshire.

Hurst‘s delivery is confident. the material is good. attd he does damn good llllpi‘t‘ss’ltllls of punctuation marks. What

Charlie’s Angel: twin set

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