Return of the Danish Bagpipe Comedian (2 stars)

This article is from 2015

Return of the Danish Bagpipe Comedian

A musical comedian pipes up with a mixed bag

Without the harp-wielding Ursula Burns at the Fringe this year, Claus Reiss can certainly lay a strong claim to having the top musical prop among this August’s comedy fraternity. Sadly, his lunchtime show is a rather lukewarm delve into finding surprise humour in an instrument that is already inherently amusing.

The Dane has the air of someone who has stumbled into the wrong venue but after reassuring his crowd that the low ceiling won’t make for a deafening experience (the front row sounds less than convinced) it doesn’t take too long for him to get into his stride.

Unfortunately, this stride includes reaching for a ‘deep-fried’ gag within two minutes, generally one of the first ports of comedic call at the Fringe for those who either have English as a second language or is grasping desperately for the mainstream. Reiss has both going on. He’s also not averse to plunge for a ‘classic’ double entendre (playing on his pipes etc.) or anti-German gag but when the jokes run out, he simply opts to go along the ‘name that tune’ route. Claus Reiss is perfectly amiable company for an hour but his generic gags often strike a bum note.

Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 477 7007, until 30 Aug (not 17, 24), 12.15pm, free.

Return of the Danish Bagpipe Comedian

  • 2 stars

Claus Reiss / Free Festival Claus is still the funniest bagpipe comedian in Europe – and the only one. Request your favourite tune and see what the Dane delivers. Also suitable for non-piping fans. ‘Admirable flexibility and wit’ ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks). Each of Claus' performances are never the same because he uses his Danish…