Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Ali Brice presents: Eric Meat Has No Proof, Only Memories of Pasta, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson
Pity the poor volunteer dragged from the audience who must summarise Ali Brice’s bonkers, often brilliant, continuing adventures of Eric Meat. Rising from his sleep, the Humberside teacher finds his beloved Julia gone, swiftly leaping to the conclusion that she must have been kidnapped. Switching into trenchcoat-and-trilby-hat detective mode, he acquires himself his sidekick from the crowd and sets off in hot pursuit, gut instinct rather than clues leading him to a series of increasingly bizarre characters.
Ranging from an apple obsessive to the spirit of spaghetti itself, these creations are invariably as inexplicable as the plot – a balaclava-clad Irishman at a party feverishly driving batteries into the backs of babies’ brains is perhaps the abiding memory of this demented 50 minutes.
Playing all the main roles and filling out the rest with punters pulled from their seats, Brice imbues them with anarchic hyper-weirdness that usually stays just the right side of self-indulgent. Nimbly ad-libbing round the responses he gets, Meat’s funniest trait tends to be irritability and condescension towards his bewildered helpers.
Nevertheless, there are some great lines in a script that never once gives any indication of where’s it’s going.
Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313), until 30 August, 1:30pm / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015
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