Chris Coltrane: There's No Heroes Left Except All of Us
- Brian Donaldson
- 28 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Strong political comedy from committed activist at Edinburgh Festival Free Fringe
There’s no denying that Chris Coltrane is a man who has the cojones to back up his beliefs. A self-proclaimed ‘Maltesers Marxist’, he has doorstepped the Daily Mail editor (he wasn’t in) and larked around relentlessly at a BAE Systems shareholders meeting (for people who deal in arms, they were surprisingly polite to the gatecrashers).
Coltrane is on a mission to change people from caring about issues to going out and actually doing something about them. He tacitly acknowledges that regular people have plenty on their plates trying to get through a day-to-day existence, but he’s withering in his criticism of high-profile types whose deeds don’t quite stack up alongside their words: Scarlett Johansson, Oxfam and the mysterious case of the seemingly anachronistic SodaStream is his prime and appalling example of millionaire hubris.
It’s unclear whether he’s seen a single episode of Fonejacker, but his call to a fraud hotline about former cabinet minister Maria Miller is animated and structured exactly like a Terry Tibbs scene. And there are passages where he does get a little too Lee or Herring-like in his pummelling of a phrase or word to the point where you worry that his tongue might suffer a repetitive strain injury. But there are too few comics out there who are committed to doing the right thing and reporting back as amusingly as Chris Coltrane does.
Banshee Labyrinth, run ended.