Bob Downe . . . Smokin' (2 stars)

This article is from 2012

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Style over substance

From the minute he pirouettes onto stage all 70s gear, mega-watt grin and fake blonde hair, it’s clear Aussie’s ‘clown prince of polyester’ is having a ball, as he knocks out one karaoke hit after another and embarks on some name-that-tune competitions. The title of this show, Smokin’, is somewhat questionable for a gig that relies more on face-pulling, prancing and popular tunes than it does any sort of inspired comedy material; but Downe cares not.

Diehard fans enjoy the catchier numbers and certainly our host has a decent pair of pipes on him as he veers from one crowd-pleaser to another.

Jokes about the Olympics, the trams and his penis reduction seem shoehorned into the show, while Downe’s spread-eagled arms after every song or audience encounter garners applause after applause – even if the crowd isn’t quite sure what they’re cheering for.

That aside, Downe is a consummate, energetic performer of a show that while amusing packs no real comedy punch.

Gilded Balloon, 0131 622 6552, until 26 Aug (not 23), £14 (£12.50)

Bob Downe … Smokin'

  • 2 stars

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