The 3D adventures of a two-bit character
This article is from 2010.
Ray Green is an unabashed serial bumbler and the alter ego of Preston-born Dave Gibson. With a down-to-earth Northern charm and a moustache – the latter comes in handy when reaffirming your virility or being mugged, apparently – Gibson/Green’s hour of a televisual journey into his desperate and disaster-prone career moves is a delight. As a disgraced television personality, Green tries everything from appearing on Dragon’s Den to becoming a superhero in order to reclaim his fame.
The set relies heavily on pre-recorded clips, but Green makes regular appearances in 3D (and you don’t even need those funny glasses) as he lists the components of a first-rate comedy show, proceeding to blunder through them in a lovably blustering fashion. The only real turn-off in the performance comes with the finale, as Green warbles through a song in less than dulcet tones. Overall, however, his assertively self-deprecating and cheerfully hopeless persona is shored up by natural wit and intuitive comic timing. Unlike his character, Dave Gibson’s career looks highly promising.
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