Devvo Dole Queue Hero is Free

Devvo, the internet sensation, brings his unique brand of stand-up to the Fringe after a successful string of MC gigs across the UK. He promises to teach you to become a millionaire with a variety of childish inventions and ideas for television shows, and frequently offers you the opportunity to call your boss at that very moment to quit your job. It's crude and silly and you will laugh in spite of yourself. Prepare for the likeable side of chav.

Devvo is an acquired taste and the audience contains a few die-hard fans, which helps to spur on the audience participation. However, he offers a take on society that few comedians do; he will advise you on how to work the Job Centre and how to beg for change. There is a DIY charm to the way Devvo's ideas are presented from tatty, scribbled-in notebooks and the way he selects backing music for his raps from his iPod. He also has a few unashamedly Dell boy moments by peddling his merchandise throughout the show, 'Oh yes I am selling CDs and DVDs, how kind of you to ask, you lovely audience!' In a way, you should expect nothing less from a masterclass in how to get other people's money.

There is a lull mid-show as Devvo reads out his diary. Although his material is pretty funny, his real success is the way he banters with the audience and interacts with almost every person in the room during the show. He comes across as a genuinely nice guy and frequently apologises for his swearing to two of the older ladies in the audience. Despite this, he is rough and ready and will talk about genitals and getting high an awful lot, so steer well clear if this is not your thing. Devvo requires you to embrace that little bit of teenage boy that lurks within all of us.

Devvo could be a real star of the Free Fringe this year, his show is easily worth a bob or two and is quite disarmingly accessible if you haven't seen him before. You will fall a little in love with the scoundrel in the Burberry and the tracksuit, even if you hate yourself slightly for doing so.

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The Blurb

Been on E4, C4, BBC3, massive on YouTube, massive in Yorkshire. Job quitters guide to becoming a Dole Queue Hero. Make millions. Bring yer drugs, buses are gay. 'Vilest man in UK' (Sun). www.devvo.tv.

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