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Patrick Turpin – Just A Girl, Standing In Front Of A Boy, Asking Him To Love Her (Berk’s Nest / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

Turpin’s show is centred on a slideshow of family photos – some sentimental, some graphic, but mostly amusing. Carrying the performance was his commentary, delivered in a voice so expressive it seemed to simply invite laughter. The moments of brilliance came when he wasn’t trying to impress. For example, when jokes didn’t receive a reaction he filled the otherwise awkward silence with a subtle, quick-witted comment on his own shortcoming; turning our silence into laughter. What strikes me most about Turpin’s show is that its comedy resembles humour in real life. No string of quips building slowly but surely up to a disproportionate finale; just natural and consistently funny throughout. Up-and-coming, you should keep an eye on this one.

Bannermans, until 24 Aug (not 12), 12.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Ankur Anil Shah]