Lee Kyle: I Came Here to Burn This Place to The Ground and Build a Table and I'm All Out of Table Making Equipment and Matches (3 stars)

A charming and sometimes daft hour which strays from its original purpose

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Lee Kyle: I Came Here to Burn This Place to The Ground and Build a Table and I'm All Out of Table Making Equipment and Matches

The title is true: there is no table making equipment or matches, lit or otherwise, to be found here. Lee Kyle goes on to confess that he had another idea for a show about his mum that didn't deliver either, but what this former wrestler from south Tyneside definitely does have is a solid hour of comedy.

The show is a mixture of anecdotes, puns, popes and audacious mime. He claims to be too nice to be a punk but likes the idea of some harmless trouble; it's a sentiment that perfectly sums up his show. His is companionable, likeable humour shaken up a bit with some off-the-wall shenanigans and a spot of lying. There are warnings about not tempting fate, and he offers life hack advice: if you haven't achieved something just tell people you have, anyway.

There's plenty of silliness too: he gets a guy on the front row to help him recreate his Guinness World record winning (honest) attempt at that electric-wire game thing that no one knows the name of, and Kyle ends proceedings on the daftest bit of karaoke you're likely to see this Fringe. A charming chap that it's a pleasure to spend a lunchtime with.

The Stand 4, until 20 Aug (not 15), 12.05pm, £8 (£7).

Lee Kyle: I Came Here to Burn This Place to the Ground and Build a Table and I’m All Out of Table Making Equipment and Matches

  • 3 stars

Lee Kyle Hi, Lee here. I’m typing this. I want you to come to my show. There. I’ve just come out and said it. I’m going to say all of the funniest things I know how to say and there’s a twist near the end. I will try really hard to give you a good bit of comedy. Should probably have played it cooler than this…

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