Simon Brodkin (4 stars)

  • 7 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

It’s not every day that you see a stand-up browning up before your very eyes. But there is Simon Brodkin (who surely boasts the hairiest back in comedy) with three of his four characters in the bag and preparing to transform himself into Dr Omprakash. Touching up his face with the greasepaint (or whatever make-up substance these young ‘uns utilise these days) Brodkin uses these costume/identity changes to play ‘himself’, amusingly explaining and/or deconstructing the processes of character comedy. This is bold and innovative thinking from a guy who, rather handily, can also write killer line after killer line.

And when the white coat and the face gloss is applied, fear not, this character just so happens to be Asian, the humour more about uncaring medics than anything national. Indeed, those who seek to protect the rights of holiday reps, chavs and trustafarians will be more outraged at the scintillating and hilarious portrayals of those from within that community. Apparently, Harry Hill is credited with the discovery of Simon Brodkin. It’s the best thing the big collared surrealist has done in years.
(Brian Donaldson)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug (not 15), 5.55pm, £8.50-£9.50 (£7-£8).

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