Mike Wozniak: Take The Hit (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Mike Wozniak: Take The Hit

A wonderfully wry return to form

Mike Wozniak’s Take the Hit is a conceptual triumph all the way down to its finest details. The modesty of the venue and the unsociable time-slot run contrary to the glitzy backdrop and his tuxedo-based attire: Wozniak wants to give us a blast of showbusiness, but his sole purpose of being here is to bemoan his domestic situation.

As a husband and a father, he has been forced to allow his in-laws possibly permanent access (‘until death’) to his small abode and it’s driven him northwards for the month. Wozniak arrived on the Fringe stage in 2008 with a highly literate brand of semi-surrealism, but after a couple of wobbly subsequent shows is back with a flourish.

While deconstructing the very nature of putting on a show, he works in wonderfully wry and devilishly awkward asides on the sexualisation of children, road rage, horses and the weight of Michael Fassbender’s penis, always coming back to the subject he doesn’t want to ‘bang on about’, that of his irritating home life. A glorious return to form.

The Stand II, 558 7272, until 25 Aug, 12.10pm, £8 (£7).

Mike Wozniak: Take The Hit

Oddball fantasies and quick witted one-liners from the award winning Mr Wozniak.