Lewis Macleod is Not Himself

Lewis Macleod’s impersonation skills are unlike anything I’ve seen - though they are like plenty of things you will have heard. Macleod has been providing voiceovers for countless adverts, shows and films over the years. Now after years of standing behind the mic, he’s on the stage and showcasing his mimicry in an enjoyable if not tame show.

A show which yields a good few laughs

Beginning with a showreel, Macleod provides the opportunity to explain some background into film production as well as starting the show on a suitably silly note. The Pathe film archives are combined with irreverent commentary- a little puerile, yes, but nonetheless upbeat and bound to raise some titters among the crowd. The overall feel to Macleod’s show is similar: whilst there’s nothing entirely new about any of Macleod’s material, he has a suitably charming stage presence so as not to be overshadowed by the plethora of celebrities he can impersonate.

There are a few anecdotes from Macleod’s everyday life, from Scottish attitudes to self-help groups. However, a real highlight of the show sees Macleod explaining the psychology behind the voices used in advertisement. Riffing around these stereotypes that come in the form of subliminal messaging produces a nice piece of relatable comedy without having to rely on tired tropes. Macleod finishes his set with a bedtime story narrated in the style of several memorable figures who you’re bound to recognise easily. The humour is derived mainly from the recognition itself rather than any specific jokes, though Macleod follows through on his impressions with a flair for flailing whilst in character- a nifty touch that shows his material translate to physical comedy.

Running a little short, it’s a show which yields a good few laughs, though Macleod’s material itself isn’t bound to stay with you beyond the duration of the performance.

Reviews by Louise Jones

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The Blurb

Comedy Impressionist and star of BBC Radio 4 series Lewis Macleod is Not Himself, Dead Ringers, ITV’s Newzoid and recently in Comic Strip Presents Red Top makes his Fringe debut with an hour of brilliant impressions, characters and stand-up. Co-written with Kim Fuller. Directed by Kate Robbins. If you like your comedy clever and very, very funny, this is the show for you, and it's free to get in! ‘A superb impressionist’ (Scotsman).