Merging satire with daftness
This article is from 2008.
A technical hitch during the previous show delays the returning Fringe comedian's show by 15 minutes, but soon the relatively substantial crowd sits in the dark watching Nick Doody's entree, a stereo slideshow of global news horror stories intercut with a creepy snapshot of Keith Harris and Orville, followed by a cue card reading: 'coincidence?' It's mildly amusing, and as such its combination of political satire and daffy humour encapsulates the show quite accurately.
Happily, Doody swiftly brings it back. Some quick-fire scattergun gags warm the audience up, and before we know it he's running with an extended routine revolving around Gillian Gibbons, the British teacher in the Sudan who was threatened with 40 lashes for allowing her pupils to name a teddy bear Mohammad. If the set's a little shaky, it's more than made up for by Doody's raw intelligence and cheeky charm. That and a great onanism anecdote at the show's climax.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 13), 7.30pm, £11–12 (£9.50–10.50).