Alexis Dubus: Cars and Girls

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This is an unusually constructed show for a comedian to devise. At the outset, Alexis Dubus, who does have an engaging personality, gives a disclaimer that the content is basically two extended travel stories and that there may not be a huge quota of funnies. He prologues the stories with some autobiographical details, particularly about injuries he has sustained.

Using blown up photographs as illustrations, he launches into his first story of his journey to Morocco which took place 12 years ago when he was 21. He was accompanied by his girlfriend of that time. His second story is in two parts and recounts his adventures to South America and then to the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada Desert 5 years ago.

The humour is based around the characters he met on his travels, such as drug taking, brothel visiting truckers and aging, mechanically knowledgeable hippies and a Californian nymphomaniac.

All this travelling only emphasised to him the essential importance of cherishing what you can discover in your own locality. His show does interest, particularly his Nevada exploits, but is more solo performance theatre than stand up comedy.

Reviewed by Ben

Assembly Roxy: 139

2 to 26 August 2012 (not 14)

18.45 – 19.45

Fringe Programme Page Number: 34

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