Rapper turned stand-up Doc Brown set for 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This article is from 2013

Doc Brown

The former rapper turned stand-up proves how not Unfamous he now is

Eagle-eyed followers of this page might be beginning to spot a pattern. Last issue, we featured clowning maestro Doctor Brown right here and this time around, it’s his very-near namesake, Mr Doc Brown. There are some who still want to view him as ‘the brother of Zadie Smith’, but we wouldn’t be so lazy as to continue to peddle that easy media label.

Instead, we’d rather point to his own impressive achievements, such as making it to the So You Think You’re Funny? final in 2008 having only made a handful of stand-up appearances; or the one-off performance of his solo show Unfamous at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011; or the spoof reggae tune he performed with David Brent / Ricky Gervais for Comic Relief which became a number one download on iTunes.

Born Ben Bailey Smith, Doc Brown may describe himself as ‘an accidental comedian’, but his short run in a big old room at the Pleasance proves that he’s now firmly in place among the higher echelons of the Fringe community.

Next issue, we put the spotlight on Doktor Brovn, the Ukrainian character mime act who is doing a couple of very secret dates right at the end of the festival. A most unlikely hat trick there.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 19–25 Aug, 10.30pm, £10.50–£14 (£9–£13).

Doc Brown

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