Jonathan Pie: Live
A volatile whirlwind of political satire that veers into a rally
This article is from 2016.
A blazing typhoon dressed in suit and tie, Jonathan Pie has a lot to get off his chest. For one thing, he's stuck in Edinburgh trying to hold together a live Children in Need TV event while his producer is sending him doolally and his domestic affairs are falling apart.
For his political broadcaster and journalist creation, actor Tom Walker has channelled a fair amount of Alan Partridge into his Pie, albeit one who is rather more on the left of the ideological spectrum. By the end, when he flies into full indignant mode about the state of the nation and his impotent role in it, Pie is undiluted Basil Fawlty.
There are plenty jokes abounding in the script (comparing George Osborne to Keyser Söze is a clear highlight), and after a sluggish start, Pie gets fully into his stride, particularly laying waste to the idea that David Cameron leaves behind any sort of credible legacy. A packed Pleasance Two laps this all up, though it's occasionally uncertain whether you're at a political satire show or in the middle of an uncharacteristically volatile Lib Dem rally. For sheer energetic verve, Pie / Walker is worth your vote for an hour.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug (not 15), 8pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11).