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As someone smugly quotable once quipped, “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity.” David Kear’s manic creation Charlie Chuck, with his frazzled hair and squinting eyes, does not only cross this line, but drags half a dead donkey along it, too. The set begins with a ‘traditional’ drum kit beat-up and becomes more absurd as the night continues. Kear’s talent in bringing to life this surreally believable lunatic is particularly evident when, in the middle, he brings on a different comedian for a guest spot and the audience falls quiet until Chuck returns. Although several of the jokes are hardly original, it’s the man you come to watch, and what a messed-up man he is.
SpaceCabaret at Venue 54, 5 – 27 Aug, times vary, £7.00 – £8.00, fpp55.
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