Mike Wozniak, Medina & Negociants, Edinburgh Festival
Tuesday 19 August 2008
Mike Wozniak asks his audience not to heckle him with 118 118 jibes, though it's hard to resist, as it's a useful shorthand for his moustachioed appearance. Having established the visual, the vocal sounds like a cross between Murray Walker and David Attenborough, nasal and breathy, and Wozniak's delivery and joke structure have something of Stewart Lee about them, relying on repetition and occasional laborious detail to state the obvious but from a sideways point of view.
Fringe debutant Wozniak fixates too much on genitalia, though without being coarse. Unlikely premises, such as spilling muesli into his meatus (penile opening) are set up, in this case so he can deliver the line: "I'm worried because the last time I spilt muesli into something it was my mini-disk player and now that doesn't work any more."
Wozniak focuses a lot on his Polish ancestors, but only to use them as joke ciphers rather than signposts to his background. He recalls one family member – a Catholic priest – who met his demise at the hands of cannibals: "If your target audience are eating you then you are not the natural communicator that you need to be," he sums up wryly.
A curious debut from an intriguing comic who has the ability to be cleverly off-beat as well as occasionally off-beam.
To 24 August, except tonight (0131-225 6313)
Is the comedy album making a comeback?comedy
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star, dies aged 45
- 5 Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
Game of Thrones season 4 blooper reel unveiled at Comic-Con 2014
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Doctor Who series 8: Watch Peter Capaldi in new ‘Listen!’ teaser trailer
Coolio has sold his soul to Pornhub
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc