Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Simon Slack – The Fantasist, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
This is an extraordinary hour with undercurrents of darkness that stay with you long after the laughter engendered by the show goes. Simon Slack dances Swan Lake (with impressive port de bras) while masturbating, he more or less lives in his bedroom, he has crazy neighbours, a disembodied grandmother, goes to imaginary parties and has mental typing skills. For reasons best known to him, he performs Nessun Dorma, but the rest of the soundtrack to his life is dominated by the Jackson 5 and the Spice Girls in a show that offers us drugs and does dreadful things with marshmallows.
Central to it all is the doomed love story of Simon and Puppet 5000 who looks really like… well, go and see the show, it might be my imagination. This is an extraordinary mix of comedy genres and not a little tragedy. And sex. We even get Masterchef in one of my favourite, stupidly funny bits of the show. Simon has an unnamed sidekick/techie who is dangerously watchable. This is lovely, strange, Fringe craziness – with a guest appearance from John Bishop.
Banshee Labyrinth, until 30 August, 11pm
Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015
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