Charlie Baker: Just The One
Some nuggets amid the lulls from this fine-voiced comic
This article is from 2015.
There’s a souped-up Dansette centre-stage, complete with flashing lights and gushes of dry ice. Charlie Baker pushes a button, and on it he plays a selection of one-hit wonders including ‘Uptown Top Ranking’ by Jamaican teens Althea and Donna, ‘Do You Really Like It’ for a throwback blast of 2-step UK garage, and ‘First Time’ from the 1980s Coke advert. That’s what the title, Just the One, is all about, as well as being a nod to him being the father of an only child, something people feel compelled to question him about, he says.
The show is a mix of nostalgia and confessional (covering everything from overeating and weight loss, to ASOS shopping and the joy of solitude over the fear of loneliness) with interludes of interpretative dance and karaoke song by the fine-voiced and ebullient Baker. A surreal audience interaction section – with an attempt to invent a plot to Midsomer Murders – is a fruitless detour, then it’s back for some more silly songs (‘Shaddap You Face’ and the Van der Valk theme might be lost on younger audience members), which Baker fluffs out with stand-up and more storytelling.
He’s a fun host, who clearly recognises his own tears-of-a-clown tendencies, and peppers his hour of cheesy light entertainment with some nuggets of home-grown wisdom. It’s a slightly sprawling show, covering a bit too much ground, but side-stepping the weaker points, there are some good laughs in there too.
Assembly George Square Theatre, 623 3030, until 30 Aug, 8.40pm, £10–£11 (£8.50–£9.50).