Bad Dog Variety (2 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Bad Dog Variety

Oddball creations lacking in bite

A show presented in the form of the worst cabaret show you could have the misfortunate to see has plenty of potential, but something just doesn’t quite gel with Bad Dog Variety. Our two German hosts Christian and Barnard (all the way from Antwerp? The one in Belgium?) throw sausages in a bag and not so gently introduce us to the crew of abject nutters who are their guests. Skilfully transforming into a succession of oddball characters, the foursome in the Dog-Eared Collective become personified STDs, arguing couple John and Carlotta and a hissing mind-reader.

Much of this is wacky for wacky’s sake – Vic and Bob really do have a lot to answer for – with too much emphasis placed on mentioning below-the-belt bodily parts to garner laughs. Elsewhere, the gang issue forth with a far better crafted turn of phrase. Backstage Babs, a hard northern showbiz manager, is the best character here; her random rant on Blu Tack/Bluecoats is a delight. Perhaps this Fringe visit was premature and a rewrite is in order.

Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, until 24 Aug, 12.15pm, £8–£9 (£7–£8).

Bad Dog Variety

  • 2 stars

Oddball creations, presented as a terrible cabaret show, with nothing like enough bite to keep audiences entertained. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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