COMEDY REVIEW Matt King: Beastly «ewe
The twin stories of creation and evolution are a rich source of humour which few seem to have mined. Matt King’s show has hit paydirt with a fat seam of chuckles that present the progression of the world from amoebas to Apple Macs, all seen from the pornt of view of the animals King’s talent lies in the surreal nature of his imagination. Other comics can be as sardonic or have his eye for the absurd but few can follow the paths which his flights of fancy take. Even more worrying is how realistic he makes the ridiculous seem. Inventive and witty. (Jonathan Trew) m Matt King: Beast/y (Fringe) Matt King, Calder’s Gilded Balloon at The Honeycomb (Venue 139) 226 2751, unti/3i Aug, 70.30pm, £7.50 (£6.50).
COMEDY REVIEW Just For The Craic! 4:: ’3: A Fancy a bit of variety? Five stand-ups in one show is a rarity these days and this lot from Ireland all complement each other well. They also perform without a compere, mercifully sparing the audience from any clumsy foreplay.
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keen eye for the absurd and his ultra- relaxed manner making him the high point of the show. Still, such a generous selection of comic talent and contrasting styles will undoubtedly have audiences arguing long into the night for their own favourites.
a Just For The Craicl (Fringe) Calder’s Gilded Balloon // (Venue 36) 226 2 75 7, unti/37 Aug, 77. 75pm, £8 (£7).
If you like jive, swing or tap, you’ll love the living Lindy Hoppers’ tribute to Louis Armstrong. However, although perfectly precise and agiler able, the set pieces seemed somehow sterile, like perfect remembrances of times past.
Occasionally a joyous exuberance would froth over, especially from one loose-jointed member of the ensemble. Otherwise the faint smell of moth balls wafted over these perfect reconstructions of 405 memorabilia. Within this atmosphere of restraint, the joint really never got pumping. Fans of the genre will be ecstatic, but frankly their style is too dated to appeal to a wider audience.
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On this viewing, Lazlo & Parkin are the kind of people who find children falling funny — accidents and superficial pain — the stuff of endless comedic mileage.
With the show collapsing around them, they. hammer (often literally) through an irreverent mash-up of darkly wrought set—pieces and Wired characterisation, often proving as freakishly disqureting as it is exceedingly funny. As for the blood, is it real? Well, whether it is or not, it’s an integral part of the reddest black comedy you're likely to Witness this year. A wince-inducing, rib-tickling treat. (Barry Mcpherson)
m Lazlo & Parkin (Fringe) Calder’s Gilded Balloon (Venue 36) 226 2751, unti/3l Aug, 77.30pm, £6. 50 (£5.50).
DANCE REVIEW Under The Kilt And Under The Stars
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A late night programme of four short pieces by choreographers Ross Cooper and Andrew Howitt shows the local talent — and that's not just their flesh . . . HOWitt’s solos have a chunky fluidity to them which contrasts with Cooper's more introspective, balance-defying Style.
'Nude Moves' is Howitt at his energetic best, a mass of glowering energy confined in a small floor area. Cooper's 'When Disturbed, Then Disturbed', the only duet, enigmatically
conveys the shifts in an intimate relationship in just a few short minutes — all ambiguous distancing and spiky approaches. Definitely rising stars twinkling in this programme, With real hope for a bright shining morrow. (Don Morris)
m Under The Kilt And Under The Stars (Fringe) Scottish International, The Famous Grouse House (Venue 34) 220 5606, until 76 Aug, 70. 75pm, f7 ([5)
Andre Vincent - See Me . . . Hear Me... Bite Me!
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'To bite is to be disgusting or disagreeable,’ explains Andre Vincent. He is both of these but not in a Bernard Manning kind of way. There is a reason behind it — he wants to make people think. Running through a gamut of sensitive topics as well as some innocuous ones, he does his best to be outrageous. And succeeds.
His message is clear — nothing is sacred anymore, and the best way to illustrate this is to disrespect everything to see how peOple react. Whether you find Andre funny or offensive, you will certainly come away looking at things from a different perspective.
% Andre Vincent - See Me . Hear Me. . Bite Me.I (Fringe) Andre Vincent, Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, unti/3l Aug (not 78) 70.30pm, £8/f 7 (f 7/f 6).
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