Terry Clement: Din Time 8 (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Terry Clement: Din Time 8

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Innocent, happy go lucky persona that doesn't quite hit the mark

Hallucinatory comic Terry Clement brings his first full-length show to the Fringe all the way from Canada, unclassifiable humour chaotically in tow. From his opening gambit – a parody spoken word piece in which he describes idly watching a turtle on a beach (which then turns into Clint Eastwood) – to his shambolic, foul-mouthed songs, Clement cuts a confusing figure.

He swings from surreal flights of fancy (at one point he makes two plastic wrestler figurines simulate sex on a stool for a good five minutes, to no discernible payoff) to breaking into spontaneous poetry in a disjointed fashion – whether this is deliberate or not is difficult to tell due to the enormously differing quality of each sketch.

What works are his eloquently woven stand-alone descriptions of scenes seemingly cut from the most disturbing screen play ever written. This lends a nice layer of darkness to his apparently innocent, happy go lucky stage persona. Besides these fleeting moments of interest, there are a lot of references to how many drugs Clement does and a few too many songs which don’t quite hit the mark.

Underbelly, Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 25 Aug, 8.05pm, £10–£11 (£8–£10).

Terry Clement: Din Times 8

  • 2 stars

Get Comedy. It is difficult to describe, in writing, exactly what Terry does … psychedelic performance art? Stoner music deluxe? Blue-collar observations strained through a Picasso filter and rolled onto a Gysin Canvas? Din Times 8 is at times scary, silly and almost always hallucinatory, pushing the boundaries of…