Peter Brush: Older Than the Oldest Dog That Ever Lived

Low energy comedian Peter Brush brings his awkward persona to rest upon matters of death and religion with a surprisingly lighthearted tone. His show starts somewhat tentatively but there are some brilliant concepts that make Brush a great up and coming Fringe act.

Brush has a natural style that would go down brilliantly at an alternative comedy night

Don't let Brush's nervous energy trick you into thinking he's uncomfortable on stage: the persona works well when he's obsessing over his hypochondria and complexes. However, it might benefit the set if Brush would wean off his self-deprecating nature a little. It goes against character somewhat but with different audiences it's hard to gauge whether the style lands as well.

Brush excels when he's indulging in the more alternative pieces of his set. The ending of the show has a nice twist which admittedly goes on a bit long but really compliments his style. It's awkwardly charming and wraps up the idea of Brush searching for answers to the big questions in life. Admittedly, they aren't answered quite as you'd expect but it's a sweet conclusion. Brush does not put on any comedic airs and graces but instead acknowledges his own style and plays to it nicely.

Brush has a natural style that would go down brilliantly at an alternative comedy night. The only problem is that his material would seem to work better as a thirty minute set rather than a whole hour. Despite jokes about this issue, it doesn't stop the fact that it is thinly spread. The pacing suffers from Brush's lack of extra content, which is certainly in demand because when he gets going he's really worth watching. It just needs...brushing up a little? Sorry, Peter Brush, that was really bad. But a fine tuning would be good.

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A supernatural experience at Christmas sparks an hour of amusing musings on paranoia, mortality and whether or not to eat brown rice. Also contains ghosts, pet snakes, haircutting advice and a rundown of your various options for the afterlife. Debut hour from the former BBC New Comedy Award finalist. ‘An imaginative use of language and obtuse angles of thought that produce distinctive and eclectic gags ... his best lines are inspired’ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Clever and original’ (Bruce Dessau). ‘Yorkshire's answer to Woody Allen’ (Harrogate Advertiser).