Mervyn Stutter’s Pick of the Fringe

****

4 Stars

There are a number of these types of shows around at the Fringe every year, nearly every venue has one. So why is it that I, and countless others always make this a must see show every Fringe, some people going several times each year, and ignore most of the others?

Well could it be that our host Mervyn Stutter is such a genial and funny host and that he has been doing this for more years than he would probably care to remember? Could it be the inevitable draw of the Pink Jacket? Or could it be that this is more than just a 4 comics and a musical act? Who knows, but what ever the reasons rest assured that they always turn up and in droves.

The show follows a well tried and tested format, Merv welcomes all chats briefly with the audience and then performs a couple of his own numbers before introducing whatever acts his team of researchers have unearthed during the first few days.

There is always space on his bill for some theatre pieces, and this is something that most do not have, always some comedy and also music so it’s a fair chance that you’ll like something and hopefully be inspired to go and check out the full version of what is highlighted.

With money at a premium these days it’s good to try before you buy and for the acts a chance to promote before a large audience, so it’s a win-win situation.

Stutter is a Fringe institution long may he return and hopefully I and many others will follow this pink piper.

****

Reviewed by Geoff

Pleasance Beyond V 33

7 to 29 August

12-55 to 14-25

Fringe Brochure P 96

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