Dave Griffiths: C U In Court (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Dave Griffiths: C U In Court

A David and Goliath-like stand-up routine

We all love it when ‘the man’ gets it in the neck and with ‘C U in Court’, the little guy (Dave Griffiths) sure gives the top man (actually, French Connection) what for. A jobbing stand-up, Griffiths thought he was on the cutting edge of satire when he wore a t-shirt on stage which spoofed the FCUK campaign. Unfortunately, someone connected to the company happened to be in his audience that night, leading to a chain of letters threatening Griffiths with dire legal consequences.

Suitably spooked but spotting some gaps in the clothing giant’s legal arguments, Griffiths then had much fun when they appeared to be in breach of copyright themselves by borrowing the slogans of other global brands. This sets in motion a very long story of claim, counter-claim and surreal telephone exchanges with front-of-house staff.

The only real problem is in the telling of the story. Griffiths often comes across like an over-excitable puppy who has clearly been bursting to get his story out for some years, and it leads to a rather clumsy delivery and somewhat repetitive hour which each new element to the tale identical to the last. Still, it’s surely the best use of the iconic ‘Dad’s Army’ theme tune graphic ever used at the Fringe.

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 556 5375, until 25 Aug, 3.40pm, £8 (£7).

Dave Griffiths: C U In Court

  • 3 stars

King Cnut. When French Connection tried to stop one man selling his Cnut clothing, they got more than they bargained for. This is the extraordinary story of how award-winning comedian Griffiths fought the clothing giant for his right to trade CNUT. A 21st-century David-vs-Goliath, Griffiths exposes the double-standards…