The Naz Show
- Suzanne Black
- 21 August 2017
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.
Just the Tonic at The Caves, until 25 Aug, 2.45pm, £5 or Pay What You Want.