An innovative Viz-fuelled waxing
This article is from 2008.
Comedy Store regular Gavin Webster has decided to structure his Fringe show with an on-screen, computer-operated random topic wheel where he will wax on whatever subject comes up. As it happens, this doesn't constitute the main part of the show nor is it the most successful. Where Webster is at his best proves to be in more surreal territory. There's innovation in evidence with the lovely image of a church and a nice and simple impression of Big Ben.
Elsewhere, some of his straight gags about women and lesbians could seem a little uncharitable and out of character for the usually affable Geordie, though his later comments about Liverpool are better pitched. His stand-up is punctuated by some inventive on-screen skits such as his ironically inappropriate gig try-outs and the grumpy old transvestite played by Viz founder Simon Donald. Webster rounds off with a sublime finale where he duets with the voice in his head about 'stuff that nobody needs'.
The Stand II, 558 7272, until 24 Aug (not 11), 10.15pm, £8 (£7).