Hans – Like a German (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Hans – Like a German

Unadulterated fun from the American's Got Talent finalist

The wunderkind from Berlin has taken a break from appearing on America's Got Talent to fly to Edinburgh and complete another run at the Fringe. His show is a side-splitting, all-singing, all-dancing evening of glittering cabaret that has a cross-generational appeal.

In the hour, Hans makes it his aim to embarrass all of the heterosexual identifying males in the audience, much to the audiences' delight, by catching them out and giving them a little lap-dance or inviting them on stage to get into costume and dance.

He addresses his time on AGT and provides chuckles in a skit that presents all the abuse he gets on Facebook and talks about his enemy, Heidi Klum, who was the catalyst for (completely true) rumours that he's not actually German. But as Hans reminds us, this is 'Like a German' and he goes into a reworking of Madonna's 'Like a Virgin', except in his version it's 'Deutsched for the very first time'.

Make no mistake, this show is pure escapism. There aren't any political statements (aside from a few Trump jokes) and there isn't any mention of identity politics. Hans just wants you to have a break from everything that's going on in the world and have some unadulterated fun.

Assembly Rooms, until 19 Aug, 9.50pm, £11–£13 (£10–£12)

Hans – Like a German

  • 3 stars

Cabaret from the tap-dancing, accordion-pumping boy wonder of Berlin.