Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Paul Currie – Re-Release the Baboons, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.
There’s no shortage of testosterone in the room when Paul Currie bursts in wearing a huge beard, suit jacket and underpants. There’s lots of leaping about, lots of loud noises. Shirts are happily ripped off and sexual encounters simulated between audience members hauled on to the stage. Currie lies over the seats, bashes people with a hand on a stick, delves graphically and deeply into his underpants and invites everyone to kiss a rubber duck. When I say invites, I mean he goes up very close to people and shouts “KISS THE DUCK”.
Currie has the street performer’s knack of making the audience do whatever he wants them to do. He’s on a mission to get people to loosen up, to stop being so serious, to throw themselves into the grubby heart of the Fringe.
For me the more interesting moments are the quieter ones – but his audience clearly want to jump about and yell their heads off. In the vomit-stained caverns of the Hive, young Fringe explorers throw themselves happily into his games, playing imaginary instruments, pretending to fly through the air and of course KISSING THE DUCK.
Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 21 August 2015
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