Theatre review: Bill Hicks: Dark Poet
Theatre review: Bill Hicks: Dark Poet

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bill Hicks: Dark Poet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw ★ Bill Hicks dies all over again in this confused, embarrassing tribute. A one-man show starring Mike Fish, it presents Hicks telling his life story, in typical Hicksian fashion, just prior to his death from pancreatic cancer at the age …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Bill Hicks: Dark Poet, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw

Bill Hicks dies all over again in this confused, embarrassing tribute.

A one-man show starring Mike Fish, it presents Hicks telling his life story, in typical Hicksian fashion, just prior to his death from pancreatic cancer at the age of 33. Fish has mastered Hicks’s facial tics and physical mannerisms, but the voice is appalling. He sounds more like Jonathan Ross doing a bad Jack Nicholson impression.

He’s also murderously unfunny. Hicks had charm and charisma, Fish has none. Fans will wince and learn nothing, newcomers will leave feeling baffled and bored.

Just The Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88), until 23 August, 8:45pm

Published in The Scotsman on 15 August 2015

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