Alex Smith: The Art of Grooming (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Alex Smith: The Art of Grooming

Multi-layered title with soft rock pretensions

There's little more satisfying than being able to get not two but three different meanings out your show title. The 'grooming' not only refers to Alex Smith's natty tartan suit but also the story of the lead-up to his recent marriage, which makes up a chunk of his show as well as naturally – as he points out himself – the obligatory paedophile allusion. After all, he never does tell us how old his wife is …

Indeed, Smith cuts a smart figure in a short back and sides and the suit he got married in, telling the tale of how he fell in love and, in true Don't Tell the Bride style, how he ended up arranging most of the wedding. Don't worry though, it's not as saccharine as it might sound as he scythes through the sweetness with plenty of cutting humour as well as being affectionately rude about his wife's intelligence despite her politics degree.

In addition Smith punctuates the show with some clearly musically-capable soft rock numbers including the final tune featuring a Last Tango in Paris-inspired use of a dairy product.

Whistlebinkies, 226 0000, until 29 Aug, 5.15pm, free.

Alex Smith: The Art of Grooming

  • 3 stars

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