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Fred Cooke: Comfort In Chaos (Fred Cooke)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Irish writer, director, performer, stand-up (and face of the incredibly popular(?) Spar ads), Fred Cooke comes to Edinburgh for the first time ever with ‘Comfort in Chaos’. His press release promises big things and a song and dance, but it remains to be seen whether Cooke can cook up a storm for the fiercest diners in comedy. The show starts and ends on a crisp musical high, but is regretfully saggy in the middle, and while the execution of his anecdotes are timed perfectly, the content fell a bit flat. If Fred’s gags were as funny as his Kenneth Williams-esque facial expressions, delightfully camp dancing and enjoyably odd improv, then the show could have been a sweeter afternoon delight.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3 – 29 Aug (not 15th), 1.15pm (2.15pm), £6.50 – £8.50, fpp78.
tw rating 3/5