Alexis Dubus: Cars & Girls
Too much of a good thing
This article is from 2012.
This exuberant English comedian is too clever for his own good. Alexis Dubus’ new show draws upon some seriously crazy travel adventures he’s undertaken, including a trip to – and at – the psychedelic Burning Man Festival in the American desert. What becomes increasingly obvious as the show progresses, however, is there’s simply too much material in it.
Either one of the two main travel monologues, which are chock full of digressions, could quite easily fill a full hour. And both the preamble to the show proper, in which Dubus recounts a couple of anecdotes from his 2011 Fringe show, and a bit of biography about himself which revolves around various injuries he’s suffered are, under the circumstances, extraneous.
Unable or unwilling to edit, Dubus is instead forced to speed through it, frequently stumbling or skipping over bits. Much of the material is very good and it’s clear that Dubus can deliver it well, but cramming so much into a breathlessly-paced performance does this talented stand-up no favours.
Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, until 26 Aug, 6.45pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).