This article is from 2008.
Mearns is a formidable character, an apoplectic hurricane of bluster as he details his exploits on the cruise ship comedy circuit, family life and other unrelated topics. The gathering rage whips up momentum but the punchlines often fail to land. He's not as shocking as he thinks he is, and is at his best when his vulnerability shines through, in his words, 'like a Furby'.
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