Daniel Cook: Carpet (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Daniel Cook: Carpet

A blistering logic-bending show featuring a sofa and a homeless feline

The slightly manic Daniel Cook is never going to be a comic that will please every taste, but for those who can get on board from the off with his hyper delivery and cascading narrative are in for a genuine treat. Eschewing logic in a variety of ways, he wonders why the British haven't taken ISIS more to their hearts given our apparent love for the underdog, becomes very suspicious about the whole idea of Switzerland and feels a misty-eyed nostalgia for shatter-proof rulers.

He uses his stage prop of a comfy sofa to very amusing effect and it plays a big part in one routine where he recalls being unable to do anything for three whole weeks due to an inner ear infection: the thought of Cook pacing around a room with no stimuli to keep him occupied and entertained is a genuinely terrifying notion.

But it's not all breakneck lunacy as there's a poignant tale at the heart of his thundersome hour about him taking in a rescue cat called Carpet ('hobo cat!'). If you're prepared to risk comedic whiplash, Daniel Cook provides a blistering experience.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug, 6.45pm, £7–£10 (£6.50–£9).

Daniel Cook: Carpet

  • 4 stars

Berk's Nest in association with PBJ Management A new stand-up show from 'hilarious faced' (List) idiot Daniel Cook. I wanna talk to you face-to-face about my new pet cat. As seen and heard on BBC One, Channel 4, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 2. 'Frenetic and hilarious… Superb' ★★★★ (List). 'This is excellent stand up' ★★★…