Tina C - Sometimes I Frighten Myself
  • By Pete Shaw
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  • 26th Aug 2006
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  • ★★★★★

Tina C, who shot to notoriety as host of Sky One's Yanky Panky show (basically the US-facing equivalent of Euro Trash), returns to Edinburgh once again to give us all a glimpse into the fabulous celebrity life of a Nashville Country Music star.

Under the paint and diamante, it's actually British actor Christopher Green that's brilliantly taking a side-swipe at America and its arrogance - and with the continuing events over the past 12 months, Green has plenty of material to play with.

It's not just US foreign policy though - although that does get a good kicking - Tina C also parodies the whole idea of fame, and the tawdry sales pitch that stars use to shift their product.

It's essentially stand-up - but peppered in between there are bitingly satirical country songs, delivered with a sweet wry smile, even though the subject matter may be in the typical country genre, i.e., depressing.

The quality of a performer is always exposed when there's a technical hiccup, and in Tina C's show tonight when a microphone starts buzzing, Green doesn't slip from character for a moment and simply integrates the lyric 'electrocuted in a tent in Edinburgh' into his song.

A fantastic evening of grade-A comedy delivered with panache, style and above all intelligence.

Reviews by Pete Shaw

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