Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Jellybean Martinez: Mr Saturday Night TV, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith.
There are a lot of costume changes and running on and off the set during this shambolic, ludicrous and absurdly ambitious show.
Jellybean Martinez, in case you haven’t come across him, is a sexually ambiguous Spanish pop star who wears a tartan bonnet, a sparkly shirt and a Michael Jackson glove.
He’s brilliant at working the audience, brilliant and erratic. One minute he’ll be stroking someone’s face, the next he’ll be bawling at them.
Someone once compared him to Michael Barrymore – so Jellybean has decided to recreate some of the classics of Saturday night TV.
Of course Martinez cannot do this on his own – so he cajoles members of the audience to join him. A man pulled from the front row becomes Robert De Niro, two men are persuaded to fight a duel and someone delivers a baby.
Martinez also introduces Kenny Doyle – Susan Boyle’s spectacularly untalented Aberdonian brother – who wears an eyepatch and looks like he could use a good wash. Doyle does singing impressions and puppetry – but he’s accident prone and struggles to keep hold of his props.
It takes a lot of practice to be this chaotic. Martinez is not afraid to take risks and the sketches, while well put together, have a seat of their pants quality that makes them genuinely unpredictable.
After finding out one man is called Caspar, he decides he must be a ghost – and from that point the show is haunted.
He thinks on his feet and I love how much fun Jellybean is having in the midst of so much chaos. By the end of the show he says he has backache from laughing so much.
He takes his audience with him for the whole hilariously messy hour.
Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88) until 29 August
Published in The Scotsman on 20 August 2015
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