Comedy review: Goose: Kablamo
Comedy review: Goose: Kablamo

Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Goose: Kablamo, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson ★★★ Confirming Adam Drake as the most energetic comedian on the Fringe, hurtling through an hour of sweat-spraying, frenetic one-man character silliness, Goose delivers another of their ridiculously ambitious, dementedly intense physical spectacles. Relatively speaking, this has a clearer narrative through-line than …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Goose: Kablamo, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson

★★★

Confirming Adam Drake as the most energetic comedian on the Fringe, hurtling through an hour of sweat-spraying, frenetic one-man character silliness, Goose delivers another of their ridiculously ambitious, dementedly intense physical spectacles.

Relatively speaking, this has a clearer narrative through-line than their blistering but woozily weird debut, a kinetic, James Bond-style action spoof in which Drake is both the hero and villain, the love interest and every other supporting role, he and his non-performing cohort Ben Rowse taking any opportunity to leap out of the story for tangential scenes and a battery of well-crafted gags.

Dizzyingly complex and layered, I found myself enjoying it less than their far less explicable first hour, perhaps unfairly, because even with their repetition of a key storytelling trick and a certain abiding smugness, Goose remains an original act to be cherished.

Production values are slightly up, in line with the sense of what they clearly believe they’re capable of, and one awaits with keen anticipation the next step in their evolution as a cartoonish, comedic force.

Assembly George Square Theatre (Venue 8), run ended

Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015

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