Chris Fitchew in Jack of All Trades
Trashier than the trash TV it heavy-handedly mocks
This article is from 2013.
Trashier than the trash TV it heavy-handedly mocks, this one-man cavalcade of awfulness gives camp comedy a bad name. Chris Fitchew lamely parodies a series of telly and celebrity types, from TOWIE geezers and Jersey Shore divas to Tom Cruise and Dragon’s Den judge Hilary Devey.
Dragging each sketch out for twice as long as necessary, he seems to expect that the mere sight of a man in drag – shock! horror! – will sustain the laughter until the next tired cliché of bitchiness. But this bitching lacks bite and even those audience members prepared to get into the spirit of things at the start (three men gamely don ladies’ wedding attire in the first section) are soon sitting stony faced, just desperate to be let out of the room without having to perform zumba moves to order.
Costume changes are covered with pre-recorded video segments about a metrosexual fitness freak – ropey affairs in which he fluffs his lines at least once – while none of the various accents attempted feels natural. Tired, sexist and depressingly predictable, this is drag that really drags.
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