The Naz Show (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

The Naz Show

A comedic tour de force of multi characters

Sketch troupe WitTank made a name for themselves at the Fringe but now that the members have gone their separate, solo-show ways, Naz Osmanoglu shares his stage with a roll-call of comedy characters instead. The ostensible premise for the hour is a chat show, though Naz as host takes a back seat to his other creations.

Some oldies make a return appearance, such as a sozzled Shania Twain and a sleazy Latin sexpert. There is also, as he promises, an A-list celebrity in the form of raptor-obsessed Jeff Goldblum, a neat play-off of Scandi noirs and American detective programmes, and a whole lot of James Corden-bashing. Osmanoglu looks inward for further material, poking fun at a recent acting gig and being heckled by his inner demons.

His innate knowledge of the sketch genre helps him to pull laughs from every corner, from the stage-manager character who introduces the show to remembering audience members' names and even his afternoon timeslot. All this is driven by a frenetic energy and is as in-your-face as you can get for one poor man in the front row with all the threads eventually pulled together into a tight-knit tour de force.

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The Naz Show

  • 4 stars

Naz Osmanoglu Heavyweight sketch maestro (WitTank) and award winning stand-up veteran, Naz, charges back to the Burgh to punch out his first solo sketch show. Characters grotesque, sketches inspired and laughs aplenty. Star of BBC Two’s Inside No. 9, Flat TV and Plebs (ITV2). 'A high energy, no-holds-barred hour from the…