Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Mike Wozniak: One Man Dad Cat Band, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Promising “personal horror, outrage and facts,” the ever-dependable Mike Wozniak presents an early afternoon show that has little right to be this animated or entertaining.
Bristling like his trademark moustache, he shares the shaggy cat tale of how a feline came to be trapped in his car boot and his subsequent efforts to reunite the ungracious animal with its owners. Finding obstruction and obfuscation everywhere, people are forever getting “snippy” with his starched sense of responsibility, his dryly funny narration periodically overcome by exasperation at the memories.
Similarly, his efforts to keep the hour peppy by dispensing wildlife facts are supplemented by doomed exhortations for the audience to really just be serious for a minute, guys. Seeing Wozniak strangle himself in ethical knots is the chief attraction, but the understated account of his father’s unlikely special forces role is also beautifully disclosed.
Ultimately, the cat narrative runs out of gas a bit but for the most part it’s a reliably amusing journey. Wozniak’s persecuted persona occasionally overshadows the elegance of his writing, but all put together, it’s a strong package. Someone really ought to give him his own broadcast vehicle, replete with furry adversary or not.
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters (Venue 272) until 30 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 11 August 2015
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