Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published January 27th 2018
Laugh? I thought I'd never start
I have spoken elsewhere of my admiration for those who attempt stand-up comedy. It's not easy but can be hugely entertaining if done well.
Several venues are running comedy cabaret collections and one such is The Game Sports Bar, who are hosting the All Star International Showcase and several others.
This particular group consisted of the master of ceremonies, long-time Fringe favourite Terry North, 'French' master Marcel Lucont, Scottish born Struan Logan and Cornish Matt Price.
You may recall the old George du Maurier cartoon in Punch about the curate's egg - : "I'm afraid you've got a bad egg, Mr Jones." The curate, desperate not to offend his eminent host and ultimate employer, replies: "Oh no, my Lord, I assure you that parts of it are excellent!" - well, that's this show - parts are excellent, parts ... not.
All three comedians had an individual and unique approach to their material, with differing results. Terry North, who is in a number of other Fringe shows, is the old-style. A Les Dawson, Bob Monkhouse and Bernard Manning kind of comedian. I think he'd have been funnier if he'd spent less time telling us how funny he was.
He was followed by Alexis Dubus' alter ego, Frenchman Marcel Lucont, who was absolutely delightful and very funny indeed, with a dry, laconic, mordant humour heavily Gallic-based and pointed in a flawless French accent.
Rounding off the evening came Matt Price, a large (twenty stone, six foot three in old money) who was hilariously self-deprecating while being incredibly rude with some of the audience. His skill was such that he skated the ragged edge of disaster with ease and hilarity. Sallies were greeted with huge belly laughs and even while he berated us we laughed, and laughed.
A mixed bag of styles and genres, mostly highly entertaining.
All three are appearing in other shows and would be worth tracking down on the Perth Fringe World website.
The All-Star International runs at Fringe until the 11th February and tickets may be booked here.