Badly Ranted Thoughts Via the Magic of Song (2 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Badly Ranted Thoughts Via the Magic of Song

A cult alternative to stand-up-by-numbers

Doktor Cocacolamcdonalds is a crowd divider of a man. One half remains stony-faced, mentally working out what else they could have spent that tenner on, and the other ends up laughing slightly hysterically at his brand of freak or unique comedy. Wearing a tiny pair of tropical-patterned pants and a tie, his clown face-paint slowly melts off as he jumps between his collection of beat-up Casio keyboards, singing simple, normally very repetitive songs, like ‘What’s New, What’s New, What’s New in the News?’ or ‘Don’t Join the Army Unless You Want to Kill People’.

His 55-minute show starts feeling like hard work for the crowd towards the end, but there are glimpses of likeable and clumsy strangeness in what he does, and a deliberate effort to create a surreal alternative to traditional stand-up-by-numbers routines. Like a side effect-free alternative to hallucinogenic drugs, he could be a cult weirdo in the making if he just binned some of the ropier, student stoner jokes and concentrated on his more magical ones.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 22 Aug, 11pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50).

Badly Ranted Thoughts Via the Magic of Song

  • 2 stars

A cult alternative to stand-up from the ever-so-confusing Doktor Cocacolamcdonalds. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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