Steve Hall (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Steve Hall

The life of a sophisticated loser

One of the main benefits of Steve Hall leaving his We Are Klang pals behind this festival is that his evil sense of humour is free to flourish. Given his father's idea of the correct way to bring up his children, it comes as no surprise. The title of the show (Vice-Captain Loser) is the nickname Hall's father had for him when he was 14 and gives some idea of dad's warped philosophy.

But this is no tale of teen angst. Indeed, Hall displays a pride in his somewhat oddball family; after all it has given him plenty to joke about. Embracing the art of 'sophisticated childishness', Hall tracks his life as a loser in a series of pithy anecdotes. He tells of his Jewish-Catholic guilt, his early role as a volunteer youth worker and his brutal murder of a shagging pigeon, injecting the stories with sharp humour and a gleeful disregard for what is deemed proper.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug (not 20), 8.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

Steve Hall

  • 4 stars

The life of sophisticated loser Steve Hall, with tales of Jewish-Catholic guilt and coming from an oddball family. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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