Marcel Lucont's Whine List (4 stars)

'French' act takes control of his material and misbehaviour in the crowd

Marcel Lucont's Whine List

Debonair, aloof and elegantly poised like a French supermodel with a glass of Beaujolais forever in his hand, Marcel Lucont (English comedian Alexis Dubus) is a striking sight on stage. During Whine List, he rakes over his audience's deepest and darkest confessions, extrapolating and expounding on their most embarrassing moments. Exhibiting economy of movement and unafraid of long pauses, Lucont is a committed character, and when he turns on a group of men for talking during the show, his withering put-down takes firm control of the miscreants while simultaneously bringing down the house.

During much of the show, he has to chat with audience members, trying to tease out awkward details from their shameful escapades, and he has a wonderful knack of turning dull exchanges into hilarious ones. He mixes things up with a reading from his autobiography (naturally enough titled Moi), a filthy song, and a short film about British beaches.

It's often something of a Fringe cheat to stick on a video, but Lucont's take on domestic seaside holidays is wonderful. While Whine List depends to some extent on the quality of its crowd, Marcel Lucont is a consummate showman and his control of the room is exemplary.

Pleasance Dome, until 28 Aug (not 15), 9.30pm, £9–£12 (£8–£11).

Marcel Lucont's Whine List

  • 4 stars

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