Simon Evans: Friendly Fire (4 stars)

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Simon Evans: Friendly Fire

Acidic wit proves a slow-burner

Before the likes of Jimmy Carr and Frankie Boyle took up the gauntlet, Simon Evans was on the stand-up circuit, gleefully shocking crowds with his outrageously disdainful suggestions. Appearing on stage rather toffed-up and keeping a largely straight face, he’d play the aloof posho with plenty of arch remarks for the underclasses. Here at this year’s Fringe, there’s something more amiable in Evans’ demeanour but thankfully the acidic wit is still evident and in abundance.

Line after line he employs a beautiful turn of phrase with which to disparage the likes of obese Americans in Florida, football supporters at a Chelsea match he was persuaded to attend and, of course, his own children. At first, the crowd seem a little unsure what to make of him, clearly none the wiser despite his frequent appearances on TV and radio. But as Evans steadfastly continues with his bone-close lines, eventually everyone clambers aboard and finally give him the recognition he deserves.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug (not 13), 9.30pm, £11--£12 (£9.50--£10.50).

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