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Edinburgh Festival review – Glenn Wool

Saturday, August 13 2011

A potentially brilliant show let down by beavers

Glenn Wool

After a while away roaming the globe, popular Canadian comic Glenn Wool is back in Edinburgh for his eighth full-length Fringe show. He brings with him some travelling tales and his usual mix of the well-observed and the indulgent.

A loose ruse links three main sections of the show: observations of Americans, a story about missing an Iron Maiden gig, and a section where Wool tries to get to grip with mentality of beavers. Oh dear.

So, dispensing with the last section then, and thereby ignoring about fifteeen minutes or so, the rest of the show is crisp, clever and direct with some lovely observations about, for example, Uncle Sam looking like “a goat-faced dude who dresses like Apollo Creed” and the idea that some Americans use bumper stickers to play out their own version of Twitter.

Pretty much everything in the US section hits the mark without it being a complete diss, meanwhile the Iron Maiden yarn is less peppered with punchlines but it is engagingly coloured in.

The closing section is a kind of drunk logic sequence you might get in a bar (is there are beaver messiah? Do elephants and rhinos do it? and so on) and short-changes the show that initially promised so much.

3 stars

Glenn Wool: No Lands Man is on at 9.30pm at the Assembly George Square.

Review written by Julian Hall


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