Jeremy Lion (3 stars)

This article is from 2010

Jeremy Lion

Soused kids entertainer goes green

Ruddy-faced Jeremy Lion uses the fertile format of the children’s educational play to bind an alcoholic slapstick to lyrical ditties detailing the dangers of global warming. It’s a finely tailored package of physical, musical and cynical gags that’s at once entirely adult and utterly childish. He may be a wily wordsmith but Lion is no athlete, and its his physical exertions that raise the largest laughs.

Whilst his nifty verse swiftly satirizes the Noddy nature of his theatrical mode of choice, his actions lack such grace. Necking cans of Special, donning awkward appendages and punctuating the entire set with a harmonious array of burps, swears and belches, Lion’s cantankerous character is very much at odds with his sharp and current commentary.

Liver-warming feats of endurance aside, an inspired selection of props and costumes support the comic in his quest to subvert the green debate. Recalling a flurry of children’s TV references and celebrity-endorsed talking-animal films, Lion’s ‘bear in a bin’ skit will raise a cheep from even the harshest of critics.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 16), 8.20pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12.50).

Jeremy Lion Goes Green

  • 3 stars

Join the UK's most extraordinary children's entertainer as he attempts to save the world from ecological meltdown. Learn about global warming, recycling, polar bears and wine in this informative and entertaining show. Fun for all the family, although entirely unsuitable for children. 'Gloriously, excruciatingly funny…