Jeff Kreisler (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Jeff Kreisler

US comic mines the land of the free

When you see Jeff Kreisler at work, armed with the knowledge that he has won something called the Bill Hicks Spirit Award, it can occasionally cross your mind that he scooped the thing for getting the mannerisms of the dead Southern stand-up/preacher down to a fine art. What he really claimed was a gong for Thought-Provoking Comedy and there's no doubt that you have to keep up with the comic to get some of his gags.

War, religion and politics were ripe areas which Hicks mined and Kreisler knows where to pick a punchline whether it's at the expense of McCain, Hillary or Bush ('who was his spiritual advisor: Jim Beam'?) It does leave you wondering just where on earth Kreisler and his US ilk will turn to for material once Bush has left the White House and the US presidential race has crossed the finishing line.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 24 Aug (not 11), 6.10pm, £7 (£6).

Jeff Kreisler

  • 3 stars

US comic Kreisler deals with war, religion and politics with the wit that won him the Bill Hicks Spirit Award. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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