Douglas Walker: Zuschauer (4 stars)

This article is from 2017

Douglas Walker: Zuschauer

An intelligent and questioning show with a brilliant stunt for good measure

Douglas Walker doesn't believe that it should be left to the act to do all the work in a Fringe show. He's fed up of audiences who don't pull their weight. Not that we're all having to get up on stage or anything, only one heroic audience member is required to do that. But the rest of us? We haven't even bothered to bring our own plates.

This is a truly fascinating hour of comedy as Walker (a member of the Racing Minds improv group) continually plays with our expectations. Beginning as a shouty, ranty man, he steps out of character to double check we've engaged our irony detectors, otherwise it would just be, just, well … horrible. There's a 6 Music DJ with very idiosyncratic tastes and a World War II military scene where Walker himself becomes the script. Interspersed are stage-darkened scenes as a woman in an office discusses the mysterious arrival of a series of £5 notes in the post addressed simply 'to the occupier'.

Walker has produced a piece of great comedic dissection, while coming up with some truly cracking jokes, a hefty dollop of absurdity as well as a brilliant stunt: you'll just have to go and see to find out exactly what that is.

Underbelly George Square, until 27 Aug, 10.40pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Douglas Walker: Zuschauer

  • 4 stars

Douglas Walker explores the role of the audience in this comedy show.