Faux Latino Show Pony (3 stars)

This article is from 2013


Jacob Edwards' delirious character comedy is addictive, joyful and ballsy

There are some who reckon that comedy has got a little too safe in these over-commercialised days. Those people should pop along to see Faux Latino Show Pony and cop a load of the jeopardy and danger on display during almost every minute of its ballsy hour.

Given that he ate a block of Red Leicester every day for a month while part of Fringe duo the Sunday Defensive, it’s not wholly unexpected that Jacob Edwards’ solo hour would be something of an oddity. His series of deliberately bad stand-ups are wilfully irritating and repetitive but there is an addictive and joyful quality about this delirious character hour that wins the day.

He starts with an offstage wheezing which turns out to be a mischievous laugh and slowly he comes on, possibly threatening to spray the front row with a fizzed-up bottle of water. Immediately, we’re all on the edge of our seats and that’s where we stay for the duration as Edwards reveals his awkward creations (whether it’s the sleazily confident Remée Martin or the painfully shy Roger Showbusiness) and forces some gruelling audience participation on the unwilling. Car crash comedy where no one has been seriously harmed.

Assembly Hall, 623 3030, until 26 Aug, 7.45pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

Faux Latino Show Pony

  • 3 stars

Jacob Edwards. Seen in The IT Crowd (Channel 4), Let's Dance for Comic Relief (BBC1), 10 O'Clock Live (Channel 4) and soon Live at the Electric (BBC3), Jacob Edwards proudly presents his debut solo show, following previous Edinburgh successes with double-act The Sunday Defensive. Expect a mix of alternative characters…