Charlie Talbot: Someone Better Known

The GRV would be well-advised to put out some more signs advertising where this five-pound Fringe venue actually is, because when you eventually find it, there's some real classics to watch if this engaging and amusing one-man anecdotalist is anything to go by.Charlie Talbot penned this ditty after being told he was 'not famous enough' to take his musical about the credit crunch with the Oom Pah band, heavily acclaimed at the 2009 Fringe, to any great heights in America. His performance looks at how he could become a bigger star, but moreover focuses on his life so far - from winning a Blue Peter badge, to trying out for Maidstone United (in a half-time penalty shoot-out, anyhow), to engaging in the worlds of music, writing, and finance before currently settling on stand-up comedy.Talbot is therefore clearly a talented and multi-faceted individual - the sort of boy at school that everyone else is secretly slightly jealous of, as they effortlessly float from being good at one thing to the next. Yet Talbot's realism means that this isn't any sort of ego-fest, it is instead a true to life depackaging showing why he is currently performing stand-up at the Fringe and how he came to get there. Furthermore, in a style reminiscent of Tom Wrigglesworth, the show also has very serious undertones, such as how he eventually seeked counselling in much the same way as other flawed geniuses. This is more than just a comedy, it is deep, meaningful and quite touching, and is well worth a visit. If you can find the venue, that is...

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The Blurb

Following 2009's sell-out success as writer and star of 'Blow Up!' ***** 'A work of genius' (Scotsman), stand-up Charlie Talbot's debut solo show explores how it feels to be superfluous in your own life. www.charlietalbot.co.uk

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