Nathan Caton: Teenage Mutant Nathan Caton (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Nathan Caton

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy show exploring what it means to be a man and a role model

At the top of the show Nathan Caton chats to the crowd making amiable jokes about a few topical subjects such as Scottish independence, the Commonwealth Games and UKIP. It looks like we're in for an hour of solid and accomplished club-style stand-up. Beginning to hint at the depth of the material that is to come, Caton makes a few insightful observations about race, moving on to introduce the topic which lurks in his show-title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

He paints an evocative image of his obsessive collection of Turtles merchandise and DVDs, amusing in its childishness given that Caton is in his late twenties. Belying this confession is the meat of the show as he begins to reveal why he was feeling depressed and sitting cocooned for comfort in his room with a mug of hot chocolate in his favourite Turtles mug.

This is a heart warming tale about family, both frankly and amusingly told with Caton drawing characterful portraits of his family. There’s his formidable granny who demands that you are able to spell any cuss words that you utter in front of her; plus, there’s his loveable but loud stepfather, his strong and resourceful mother and cheeky teen brother. Through this relationship with his family, Caton explores what it means to be a man and a role model. A lovely, warm and funny show.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 8pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • 1990
  • US
  • 1h 33min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Steve Barron
  • Cast: Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas

The four turtles mutated by radiation have become Ninja experts under the tutelage of sensei ratman Splinter. A crimewave is hitting New York under the guidance of Shredder's nefarious Foot Clan and the turtles are all that stand between the Big Apple and chaos. Re-released (with restored nunchaka action that was deemed…

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 1h 41min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Cast: Megan Fox, Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Noel Fisher, Will Arnett, Danny Woodburn, William Fichtner, Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub
  • UK release: 17 October 2014

Visually distinctive reboot of the franchise chronicling the adventures of four late-adolescent, martial-arts-trained, pizza-addicted chelonians and their intrepid reporter pal (Fox). The CGI-enhanced turtles are an improvement on their cinematic predecessors, Fox is commendably committed and Arnett is enjoyable as her…

Nathan Caton: Teenage Mutant Nathan Caton

  • 4 stars

Off The Kerb Productions The award-winning Nathan Caton (BBC2's Mock the Week, BBC Radio 4's The Now Show, News Quiz and Can't Tell Nathan Caton Nothing) brings his wonderfully entertaining new show to the Edinburgh Festival. Filled with heart-warming family tales and endearing personal anecdotes, this charming young…