altEdinburgh Comedy Awards nominee and Royal Variety performer Terry Alderton mixes impressions and politically incorrect punchlines to provide a show that has no continuous thread of ideas, but a lot of laughs. Although he gets off to a slow start, the hour-long set goes by far too quickly.

After ten or fifteen minutes that didn’t warm up the audience as intended, Alderton rewound all his motions and started again, showing off the kind of motion and vocal skill that make the rest of the performance so good. Along with the rewind he uses frequent inner monologues that are performed with his back to the audience, and are split between two demons. Rewinds and asides serve to cover over any moments he considers awkward, but also provide some gags as the audience is exposed to the nastier thoughts that he doesn’t want to say out loud. 

Once he starts on the impressions, ranging from a twitchy cockney unintentionally winning a body-popping contest, to a streetwise teenager on a train, Alderton is in his element. He does excellent imitations of UK regional accents, as well as a popular impression of an Australian person swearing, but perhaps the most fun are the impressions of other famous stand-up comedians, who he lampoons brilliantly and using totally meaningless material.

Placed randomly through the routine and going unacknowledged by Alderton are the frantic exclamations of ‘Special Needs Dad’, fighting for the chance to see his kid on weekends and bellowing “Of course I know what his favourite toy is!” As the record holder for the most encores at the Comedy Store, I was disappointed that Terry Alderton did not reappear after leaving the stage, but I definitely got my money’s worth.

Pleasance Dome, 4-29 Aug (not 16), 9.20pm

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