There is no doubting that Felix Dexter can do stand-up and also, as an actor, characters too, so a mix of the two should have worked well, shouldn’t it?
Maybe it should, or perhaps it was the night I went, but I was a little disappointed by the overall product.
Dexter welcomed the audience as himself warming up for the first of his characters the slightly stereotyped Nigerian student Julius who chatted up the ladies, advised the men on seduction techniques et al. Although he held the characterisation, I felt the clichés jarring after a while.
Back to him self for some stand-up before Early D appeared. This wide-boy Harlseden entrepreneur, while well performed had no real substance and again hung on caricatures of street culture for the material.
Briefly it was Fletcher again, before his most successful characterisation, that of Aubrey a black architect who lived in the Cotswolds. His accent and attitude seemed spot on and for me this was the highlight of his hour.
This wasn’t a bad show, far from it; I did expect to enjoy it more though.
Reviewed by Geoff
Pleasance Above V33
4 to 30 August
21-00 to 22-00
Fringe Brochure P 61