FRINGE REVIEW – Jest Like Danny Kaye

*****

8-29 (not 9, 16, 23) Aug 1400 (1500) @ The Famous Spiegeltent

The Fringe offers much for comedy lovers. But with so many comics seeking laughs from ever edgier material, it can be a worthwhile exercise to step back and slow the pace down a bit. Jest Like Danny Kaye is a gentle, loving tribute to the legendary funnyman of the title.

The humour is not sophisticated but performer / writer Russell Fletcher and musical director /pianist Greg Riddell do an excellent job of playing their classic comedy roles and respecting the source material whilst acknowledging a more modern audience.

It is always a joy to see a performer with a genuine passion for the work of another artist, and Fletcher’s enthusiasm and reverence for Danny Kaye come across strongly here. He offers a collection of classic Kaye routines combined with original work inspired by Kaye.

If there is a weakness here it is that the subject may be a little niche, the humour a little gentle for hardened Fringe veterans. But those who find their way to this laidback afternoon performance will be well rewarded.

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