Fred Cooke (2 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Fred Cooke

The Irishman's musical talent is overshadowed by his over-stretched observations

Playing the gormless Oirishman to a fault, the Tommy Tiernan-endorsed Cooke has one distinct ability: he’s a human jukebox when it comes to playing requests on his soprano melodica. As a stand-up, though, he opts for physical shenanigans instead of interesting wordplay and even the better moments (a case of mistaken identity, being polite to a friend’s dad) stay way beyond their welcome.

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Fred Cooke

Fred Cooke: Comfort in Chaos

  • 2 stars

Fred Cooke's debut Edinburgh show. Approaching deluded levels of confidence, Fred promises to somehow solve life’s problems through human awkwardness and slightly skewed pop songs. ‘I love Fred. He has the real spirit of the clown in him’ (Tommy Tiernan). 'Musical prowess, hugely entertaining' (

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