Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tim Renkow: Kim Jong-Un, Muhammad, Jesus and Other Power Hungry Maniacs, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
This is a ferociously good show. Renkow has been taking voice lessons, so now he adds to his comedy weaponry exponentially improved comic timing. And his material has become more sophisticated, more evolved. OK, yes, it is still about burning white people, pissing on babies, the difficulty of having cerebral palsy when you want a line of cocaine, genocide and paedophilia, but now it is written with much more wit.
Renkow is pretty fearless as a comic. No religion is sacrosanct, no colour and no sex is safe from attack. Some of his religious material pushes the comedy envelope till it spontaneously combusts, yes, but other sections on that subject involve clever, spot-on comedy metaphor.
There is one particular thought trail that leads to a unicorn which is probably my favourite comedy simile of all time, which sounds like faint praise but it is not. He takes such glee in the shock he creates with his shows. Shock is his drug. Well, one of his drugs.
Alongside the more heartfelt, angry stuff about religion and war and disability, Renkow flings in a little story about a family of drug dealers and the joy on his face (having just described a man being beaten senseless and shot in the face over a debt) when he says “and here’s where the story gets f***** up…” is wonderful to see.
Tim is a proper renegade as a comic and there are not many of them left. I can’t see him on Russell Howard’s Good News any time soon, but he wouldn’t half put a rocket up it.
Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313) until 31 August
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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