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Japanese Samurai Don Quixote Challenging Giant English Windmills! (Hiroshi Shimizu / Free Festival)

By | Published on Friday 15 August 2014

When Hiroshi Shimizu strides onstage in an orange tracksuit and immediately announces that he is “weird” and “eccentric”, you could be forgiven for thinking this is all a bit much for nine in the morning. However, Shimizu does well with this unforgiving timeslot. He starts out strong, with some excellent material about a house fire and the dire straits of English teaching in Japan. The second half does lose momentum though, with some stories that go on too long and cause the gag rate to slip. Had it ended fifteen minutes earlier, I would have come out happier. Still, if you’re up early it’s fun, and Shimizu is a likeable host. And no, the title is never explained.

Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]