Basil Brush: Unleashed (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Basil Brush: Unleashed

credit: Steve Ullathorne

An amble down memory lane for fans of the fantastic fox

Neither fish nor fowl, foxy Basil Brush is clearly too established to be considered for any of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards but hasn't enough Fringe experience under his belt to be dubbed a veteran. All this despite being in the biz since 1963. He has clearly learned a thing or two down the years, and succeeds almost effortlessly in creating a cheeky rapport with guests, sidekicks and audience members. It's hard to take too much offence when you're being insulted by a bit of soft material (spoiler alert: Baz isn't a real fox).

Tonight, stand-up Suzi Ruffell joins 'Mr Martin' (Martin Cabble-Reid) for a bit of awkward sofa banter and a selfie with Basil while Hugh Bonneville joins us on a video link to gamely play along with the constructed ruse. The 'news review' section engenders few laughs while there's saucy wordplay around Arthur's Seat and upkilting. The highlight is some horseplay with contestants ('Mr Martin' gets well and truly custard-pied as probably occurs each and every night) when Basil is forced to deny that someone is operating him from underneath his desk. A nostalgic trip for many (there's a plethora of silver foxes in this crowd), this adds a little bit of diverting Fringe fun for those who don't like to be especially challenged.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 25 Aug, 6.45pm, £12–£13 (£11–£12).

Basil Brush: Unleashed

  • 3 stars

The showbiz star and fox puppet shares his thoughts on current events at this adults-only show.