Colin Hoult's follow up to 2009's Carnival of Monsters

This article is from 2010.

Colin Hoult's follow up to 2009's Carnival of Monsters

From monsters to villains in one fell swoop

‘What we have is a cabaret from hell, of lost souls; they’re all there for wicked crimes they’ve done in real life.’ No, it’s not Nick Clegg describing a Cabinet meeting, this is Colin Hoult (formerly of Colin and Fergus) chatting about his follow-up to 2009’s gruesomely successful character adventure, Carnival of Monsters. In the second part of a planned trilogy (which will culminate with ‘heroes’) he tackles villains. ‘They’re telling tales about these dictators and criminals and serial killers. But it’s not irritatingly dark. I hate things that are dark just to be dark, I’ll just throw in some dark things. I don’t even like the word “dark”.’

What Hoult, who in a previous acting life has worked with Liza Minnelli and appeared in a mobile phone advert with David Beckham, does like are creations such as the Beatles’ White album, which crams in ‘loads of mad stuff’. Closer to home, if farther back in time, he recalls his mum making ‘these quite mental advent calendars, which had drawers with something in them. Sometimes it would just be a crap sweet and other times it would be some interesting stuff she’d got from a charity shop. That’s what I like to think the show is: packed with weird things.’

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 7–30 Aug, 4.45pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8). Previews until 6 Aug, £5.

Colin Hoult: Enemy of the World

  • 4 stars

Chortle Award nominee Colin Hoult returns with a shockingly different character sketch show; a nightmare of paranoia, prejudice and general pissing about. Praise for 2009 sell-out 'Carnival of Monsters': 'Lewis Carroll meets 'The League of Gentlemen'... will draw out laughter from the deepest recesses of your soul' ★★★…

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