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Francesco De Carlo – Italians Do It Later (Mick Perrin Worldwide in association with Eddie Izzard)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

This Fringe, Italian comedian Francesco De Carlo is doing his first shows in English. Having confirmed that the audience’s first reaction to the name Berlusconi is ‘bunga, bunga’, he goes onto a rather deeper satire about his country’s ills unemployment, corruption, clergy, laziness – riddled with pithy observations and cracking lines. Football stuff about when Fabio Capello was ‘our’ coach Edinburgh during the Fringe is still technically part of Scotland and the USA being rubbish are off target, but suggestions for golf brawls and hippo twister bring us happily back on track. English may not be his first language he has several good gags for moments when he knows he’s making an arse of it but he is fluent in comedy.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]