Marcel Lucont: Gallic Symbol (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Marcel Lucont: Gallic Symbol

Endless gags in fantastique caricature of a French homme

As we're gathering our belongings to leave, a voice in the row behind exclaims, 'he pushes the French thing a bit doesn't he?' Yes, well that's exactly the point. Lucont is the beautifully realised comic creation of Alexis Dubus and is a fantastique caricature of a French homme; a little bit Serge Gainsbourg, he sports a polo neck and brandishes a glass of red wine in the absence of being able to spark up une gauloise. Given that the act hinges on such a glorious Gallic stereotype, and that Dubus has been performing as Lucont for a good few years now, you might imagine that he would have run out of steam, but in fact what he delivers is gag after consistent gag - the quality doesn't dip once.

Harnessing his aloof misanthropy and strong sense of self importance Lucont reads from his teenage diary, featuring an exchange trip to Coventry, sings no less than deux chansons and offers some ludicrous sex tips. As effortless and smooth as a fine silky brie.

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Marcel Lucont: Gallic Symbol

The flâneur, raconteur and bon viveur promises 'dry wit, bawdy chansons and exquisite sex poetry'.

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