Terry Alderton: All Crazy Now
- Brian Donaldson
- 3 August 2017
A wacky act that both deliberately and accidentally falls apart
You don't have to put 'crazy' in your title but maybe it helps when things go horribly awry. Terry Alderton is a seasoned Fringe performer and former star of Saturday night TV but even entertainment veterans are prone to fluffing lines and missing cues on opening night.
Yet in such a chaotic and haphazard set as this one, the joins are not always apparent, so it benefits no one to break the show's flow, as Alderton does often here, to point them out. Any technical frailties are largely irrelevant to an audience who have already happily bought into the comedic idea of an act that's going badly wrong.
With Alderton unable to make it to his stage on time, we are introduced to Chops Not Ham, a musical duo which, curiously, also goes by the name of Johns. Clad in threadbare rock-band vests, the camp pair (Alderton and Johnny Spurling) thrust us headfirst into a toxic stew of awful tunes about cornflakes, moustaches and pole-vaulting chickens.
So far so irredeemably wacky, but it all falls flat with a lack of decent jokes or narrative progression other than, surprise surprise, a brewing resentment at the heart of Terry and Johnny's working relationship. The inevitable tightening up of this show's nuts and bolts will occur as August continues, but it's unlikely to make two hoots of a difference to All Crazy Now's miserly content.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug (not 14), 10.40pm, £8.50–£11 (£7.50–£10).