Hans Teeuwen (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

Hans Teeuwen

Gloriously divisive absurdist fare

Since 2007, Dutch cabaretier Hans Teeuwen has been performing his unique style of absurdist comedy in English. After last year’s cameo appearance he’s back with a full run in a show that is guaranteed to divide audiences right down the middle. Bouncing from one bizarre skit to the next, he seems unconcerned at alienating his crowd. At times his material is wilfully incongruous and some of his creations are deliberately constructed to provoke.

Oblivious to the numerous walk-outs, he pushes the boundaries of humour, taste and patience like a mad scientist, darting around the stage and dripping with sweat. He’s also an extraordinary pianist and reprises one of last year’s more quotable (although obscene) songs: a strange, singalong paean to partners’ genitalia. If that sounds like your bag then you’ll likely be carried along in hysterics and it’s a good call to close the show on this, knowing his remnants will indulge him. It’s a shame that some bits are repeated from last year but his is gloriously divisive, often hilarious comedy.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug, 10.30pm, £14-£15 (£12.50-£14).

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