Paul Kerensa (2 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Paul Kerensa

Failing the great playlist challenge

Although lots of love and forward planning have clearly gone into Paul Kerensa’s show, his fuddy duddy, granny-friendly material taints the brighter, more likeable stuff. Taking his cue from Dave Gorman, he designed a show around a comedy challenge by studying a new genre of music every month for a year. Musicals, classical, rock and the catch-all categories of dance and ‘music of black origin’ are then dissected with the help of a PowerPoint show, his own DIY music video and several costume changes.

His polished, confident delivery doesn’t slip up once, but for anyone who wouldn’t class Sheryl Crow as a real country artist, or who fails to share Kerensa’s passion for Roxette and Enya, many jokes will fall on deaf ears. Ten minutes from the end, he confesses he’s the butt of the joke and just a big geek who hates clubs and prefers ‘R’n’R in a B&B’ to R’n’B music, but by then it’s too late to win back the crowd. A good idea, but a disappointing end result.

Baby Belly, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug, 7pm, £9.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).

Paul Kerensa

  • 2 stars

Kerensa decides to learn about a new genre of music every month for a year. Interesting ideas which fall slightly flat. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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