Des Clarke (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Des Clarke

In front of a predominantly Scottish crowd, Glaswegian Clarke effortlessly works his room. Quick with amusing comments on every town in his native land and beyond, he spends the first section of his show getting to know his audience like the consummate circuit performer he is. But Clarke's intention is to guide the show onto the notion of desire, recalling his first sexual experience.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 13), 9.20pm, £12.50–£13.50 (£11–£12).


1. Peter Alexander8 Aug 2008, 10:15am3 stars Des Clarke Report

I attended a performance when an idiotic punter hurled an empty pint glass at Des. However, testament to Des, he dealt with situation with great maturity and, of course, wit – referring to him and the tumbler tosser as a new double act: “Cannon and Baw-bag”. Unfortunately, the venue ushers/organisers were utterly hopeless in dealing with the situation. However, that’s another review (you pay peanuts, you get monkeys). Going back to Des, I have followed his career with great interest and enjoyment over the years - from 5 minutes sets at the Stand and performance poetry events to full length one hour shows - and each time I see him he gets better and better. Very west coast, frantically fast-paced and bursting with confidence (without being arrogant), he easily holds his own against the other leading comedians in the fringe, and is certain to get bigger and better!

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