Charlie Baker: The Hit Polisher
- Rowena McIntosh
- 15 August 2017
A fun romp through some tunes with a born entertainer
Music-loving comedian Charlie Baker's last Fringe hour, Just the One, celebrated his only child and one-hit wonders. He was all set to go on tour with that show, when a second child came long. With his latest work, The Hit Polisher honours hits from the 80s, 90s and 00s and their association with memories. Baker acknowledges at the beginning that the songs in his show aren't jokes: he wants to make us feel.
To his credit they do; the musical interludes aren't blanket covers, more reinterpretations that demonstrate the power of pop. A version of Atomic Kitten's 'Whole Again' is particularly moving. One song, however, is used purely for comedy, with the audience providing the 'toot toot's and 'beep beep's in a mass singalong to R Kelly's 'Ignition', while Baker makes cutting comments about our collective vocal style.
A born entertainer, Baker belts out pop songs, tap dances across the stage, and even offers up a few poems. With the music managed by himself from a tablet, he adds his own musical punchlines to the show's stand-up portion, playing the lyrics 'sexy, everything about you so sexy' when he says he's a geriatric parent. The audience doesn't warm to a routine about hating his dog while a bag of props near the end adds little, but while it might not be laugh-a-minute it's a whole lot of fun throughout.
Assembly George Square Theatre, until 27 Aug, 8pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).