Naz Osmanoglu: Exposure

Liberated from sketch group WitTank, English-Turkish comedian and Naz Osmanoglu (a self-monikered ‘posh twat’) airs his own dirty linen in a no-holds-barred solo show around the theme of frankness and self-exposure (he likens it to a therapy session). Taking us through the turbulent months since being sent reeling from a shattering breakup- the crying, the isolation, the ‘medieval bender’- he allows none of his own vices escape his gaze.

There is no shortage of comedians self-deprecatingly spilling their own beans on the Fringe. However, few do it quite as skillfully as Osmanoglu.

The set is well-crafted: the flow of gags is generous and constant, from Osmanoglu’s dad’s racist leg habits to his ill-conceived online dating name (CaptainFunBeard). While the material is centred around the crushing day-to-day realities of single life, his surreal, ranting tangents are also a pleasure to behold: a section where he imagines the elaborate murder of his ex’s new boyfriend is especially impressive. Naz’s onstage persona oscillates between growling, rather manic delivery and a sweaty, naive charm. He also belies the apparent sense of anarchy and turbulence with a shrewd structural awareness: a running joke about ‘trousers’ pops up in satisfyingly surprising places and is neatly developed.

His audience interaction is razor sharp - he got a good few minutes of material out of two ‘friends’ sitting in the audience and a sequence at the end where he discusses an experience at a gay swingers party - which manages the rare feat of being touching, hilarious and filthy simultaneously.

Some, however, may feel that the set has an unpleasantly entitled posh-boy edge: Naz’s complaints about moving back to his parents’ sizable house in Kent and the lavish gifts thrusts upon him by a family friend he is briefly involved with aren’t exactly enchanting. Neither is the general theme of honesty staggeringly original. There is, after all, no shortage of comedians self-deprecatingly spilling their own beans on the Fringe. However, few do it quite as skillfully as Osmanoglu.

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Debut show number three... Loudest member of sketch group WitTank, star of Flat TV (BBC Three), Live at the Electric (BBC Three), Plebs (ITV2) and Bull (UKTV) returns to the Fringe to bare all. 'Buckets of wit and charm' (Telegraph). 'Particularly magnetic' (Guardian). 'A blistering hour of ultra-confident comedy' (ShortList). 'An uncompromising Turkish warlord… armed with inspired original material, a sharp sense of humour and star potential' (Metro). 'Truly magnificent' ***** (ThreeWeeks). 'I cannot recommend this show highly enough' ***** (BroadwayBaby.com).

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