Charlie Pickering (4 stars)

  • 11 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

BB King’s swollen penis seems like an odd topic to be included in the autobiography of Australian Charlie Pickering. But excerpts from the blues behemoth’s memoirs are just the start of the creative and quirky touches that he has lashed together to create a well-paced, imaginative and thoroughly enjoyable show. It opens with writer’s block, eliciting some familiar but well-observed laptop humour while props such as phone calls and prospective book covers are interspersed harmoniously with a substantial series of evocative and captivating childhood flashbacks that prove his skill in impersonation and acting

After being nominated for Perrier Newcomer last year, Pickering’s second Fringe show is polished and confident, almost too much so: a little audience acknowledgement would have been nice. Although you do get a free badge on the way out. (Suzanne Black)

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 668 1633, until 28 Aug, 9.15pm, £9-£10 (£8-£9).

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