Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (spoken word): Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls at The Stand (venue 319). Reviewed by Kate Copstick
I don’t know what plans you have for the few 3pms that are left between now and the end of the Fringe, but if you want to give yourself an hour to treasure, to mull over, to marvel at and to laugh about for a long time to come, then change them and come here and see Alexis Dubus tell you a story.
This is a chilled-out, warmed up Jack Kerouac with a hint of a comedy-minded, 21st-century Chaucer.
And it is a revelation, a coming-of-age show that has been a long time coming. It is, as they say, a beautiful thing. And it’s funny. Witty funny, silly funny, rude funny and crazy funny.
Alexis Dubus takes us with him on a road trip from loneliness to love and back again. The route runs through France and Spain in the cabs of trucks, across far-off Patagonia, through Glastonbury and through the Burning Man festival.
But it is the people not the places that Dubus excels at conjuring up – cocaine John, “bang ‘ouse” Tony and Chris who taught Dubus and his girlfriend to “keep the cow on the road” on the way to Morocco, the Mexican who said “si” and Reno Rusty. They all come and go leaving little laughter trails in Dubus’ narrative.
There is drink and there are drugs and a Dutch bloke who loses a year of his life. There is wonder and there is so much life that you feel like bursting as the Burning Man goes up in flames.
Hollywood star Ginger Rogers once said she did everything her dance partner Fred Astaire did but backwards, and in heels. Well Alexis Dubus does what great stand-up comics do but he does it in verse. Not doggerel, but a brilliant driving rhythm and sound that adds to rather than restricts the story and the comedy.
This show is uniquely funny – and I don’t think I have ever said that before.
Until 24 August. Today 3pm
Originally published in The Scotsman
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