Alex Zane (2 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Alex Zane

Best leave it to the professionals, fella

In looks, manner and content, Alex Zane gives the impression of someone who entertained a passing thought that it might be a wheeze to come up and ‘do’ Edinburgh for a month like all those proper comics. Yet after this insipid hour of all-holds barred stand-up, it’s amazing to consider that Zane is technically a veteran of the game, having reached the final of So You Think You’re Funny in 1998 alongside Reg D Hunter, Dan Antopolski and winner, Rob Rouse. Of course, TV and radio presenting have been his lifeblood ever since and watching a few Eddie Izzard DVDs possibly amounts to the entirety of his research for Just One More Thing … .

Much play is made of the fact that a front-row groupie is back for the fourth time this month already, while his non-killer topics include those crazy taglines some films carry, the piracy warnings on DVDs and the well-trodden legend of Terry Nutkins. When he does actually stumble into an area that might engender some genuine and original material (the fact that he doesn’t really like sex), he all-too quickly ditches it to talk about the rules of fancy dress parties. Ultimately, Zane is just another pretty TV guy with a funny haircut who can impress a certain kind of lady, but few others.

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Alex Zane: Just One More Thing…

  • 2 stars

Star of Channel 4’s 'Rude Tube' and 'Balls of Steel' and So You Think You’re Funny finalist 1999, brings his brand new stand-up show to the Fringe. He’s come a long way from a childhood spent dressing like Columbo, he’ll probably tell you about meeting Burt Reynolds, how to avoid witch hangings, bird strikes, his time at…

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