Dane Baptiste: Citizen Dane
Comedian delivers moments of ingenuity in show with more potential than impact
This article is from 2014.
Alongside Craig David, Dane Baptiste is one of the few successful things to have its roots in Grenada. But the comedian will hear nothing negative about the man who will be forever entrenched in the UK psyche as the chief target of ridicule in Bo’ Selecta!. Still, while the supremely confident Baptiste kicks about his material with ease, there’s the odd occasion when it falters; it even feels as though he’s been dropped into Scotland from outer space given that he seems to think his bit about bagpipes is somehow rich and fresh, as opposed to hack and dull.
Baptiste is on much firmer ground when he picks a topic out of thin, more original air and runs with it, such as his amusing foray into imagining nutmeg as a core product of the illicit drug trade or what would happen if genitalia fell out like teeth and had to be continually replaced. Those moments show a livewire mind and the writing skills to flower some intriguing ideas.
This ‘rebel without a cause’ delivers a Citizen Dane hour which is all about his lack of success in fitting in anywhere. This is one of the standard boxes to be ticked when people decide that being a stand-up is the career for them, and with a more judicious sense of where to cut out the chaff, Baptiste’s natural abilities should take him much higher.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 5.30pm, £10-£12 (£8-£10).