Johnny Cochrane: Appeal
A cheeky Fringe debut about making a Fringe debut
This article is from 2016.
Just in case you were wondering, this is not the same Johnny Cochrane who defended OJ Simpson in his 90s murder trial. And to leave you in no doubt whatsoever, Appeal opens with a screened montage which sets the record absolutely straight. However, there is one person slightly closer to the comedy fold that you might feel this Cochrane has a kinship with: close your eyes and you can almost hear Russell Brand's voice. And there's a similarly scamp-like demeanour at play here as he delves into the constituent parts which make up the ideal Fringe debut show.
So, Cochrane has worked out that among other things, you need to be relatable, polite, sexy and recognisable. Shoehorning material into these headings, he chats about Grand Theft Auto avatars, wetting the bed, and his TV appearances: in a ropey pizza ad and on Crimewatch as a victim of crime on the night bus. He probably spends a little bit too much time overly dissecting these segments, but after all, he's brought along a screen and some buttons, and he's hellbent on using them. After the initial excitement Cochrane engenders in the room, it all gets a little flat and pedestrian by the end. But he has a neat twist to bring the curtain down on a decent debut.
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