Comedy: Gig of the week Ennio Marchetto

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Ennio Marchetto Mon - 21 November

"Unique" must be one of the most over-used words in the journalist's vocabulary, but it really does apply in the case of Italian performer Ennio Marchetto. I guarantee you've never seen anyone quite like him.

Marchetto lip-syncs to a medley of songs, while peeling off grotesque paper likenesses of the singers. A sort of post-modern quick-change artist, he metamorphoses before your very eyes into more than a hundred different characters.

And it's an act that really does run the gamut of cultures, as he impersonates everyone from the Venus de Milo and the Pope to Fidel Castro, Liza Minnelli, Keith Flint from The Prodigy and even the Teletubbies. In short, this is quite simply the most vivid karaoke show you're ever likely to witness.

This week Marchetto appears in London for the first time since 1993, after a sell-out run at this year's Edinburgh Festival.

Lyric, Hammersmith, London W6 (0181-741 2311)