Dan Cook: Community Service (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Dan Cook: Community Service

Posturing confidence, sheer silliness and some exquisite comedic nuances

Given his auburn waves, Cook is brave donning an orange jumpsuit for his community service - entertaining the culture-starved people of Edinburgh - after being convicted of throwing a quiche at a dog. In his endeavours to make amends he's ably supported by two thirds of sketch group Birthday Girls.

The script may not be the sharpest but Cook possesses a quality that simply makes him funny. Sensing danger, we've all sat in the back two rows so Cook is forced to plough into the crowd to fill his front row. For a lanky ginger bloke he's quite bossy. As it turns out he needs the front row as a series of props. We were right to be scared.

Cook is a curious mixture of posturing confidence and sheer silliness. There are exquisite comedic nuances in his M-People 'dance' and skits featuring horses that are either riddled with cancer or severely claustrophobic. Ed Sheeran comes in for some bashing largely because of his uncanny resemblance to Cook. But that's certainly not the only reason that Cook has star quality.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 4.30pm, £8.50–£10 (£7–£8.50).

Dan Cook: Community Service

  • 4 stars

Mick Perrin Worldwide. I've done a crime (soz), now I've got to do the time, and by time, I mean this show. Things featured in it are: sketches, songs and Sandra (my community support officer). #YOLO. #SWAG. Praise for Delete the Banjax: 'Consistently excellent' (Guardian). 'Daft, deft and hugely inventive' (Independent).