If you plan to explore the weird and wonderful or discover a budding performer in this years’ Fringe, then do not turn to Gyles Brandreth.
Brandreth’s one hour show stands as a reminiscence of a bygone era. The era when theatrically trained and impeccably educated entertainers performed to high society, describing the glamour and outrageous behaviour of now legendary screen stars.
Do not let this classic form of comedy be a deterrent though, as Brandreth is a master of storytelling. His fiery charisma and booming voice take you on a journey through his amazing career which ranges from wearing questionable jumpers on Countdown to sharing insults about the Royal Variety Show with the Duke of Edinburgh.
Some may find his tendency to list the important people he has met too overtly shapes the show. The charm of his stories is often how these celebrities contradict their perceived characters, bringing normality to even the most formidable of institutes.
Brandreth himself came across as a very likeable character, often using audience interaction and less-than-glamorous accounts of his behaviour to mock himself. Although some of his dated references make this show more appealing to an older age group, his performance itself makes this a must-see show. The combination of experience, professionalism and incredible wit make Brandreth a stand alone comic.
Pleasance Courtyard, 4-30 Aug (not 11, 18), 4.30pm