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Brilliant!! The mighty Brian Damage and the lovely Krysstal return at last.
How we have missed them!

What's that you say? You would love to see them?
Well you can! They are playing at CARRY ON @ THE HAYFIELD on Sunday 26 October (along with Danny James, Christian Riley and other top acts) so come on down and see them!!!

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Sunday, August 15, 2004

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL REVIEW

Brian Damage And Krysstal Go Pear Shaped At Midnight

Holyrood Tavern, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh
Thursday Friday & Saturday Only - Midnight to 2 30am £6/£5

Brian Damage seems to have been around as long as Arthur
Smith's jokes and, like them, he only gets better with age. From
that statement, you can see that this review is very much a
matter of personal taste. Lovers of bland, homogenised comedy
are advised to read no further.

This legendary Fringe show starts with an hour of Brian
Damage's double act with top straight-woman Kyrsstal (Vicky
de Lacy), followed by an alleged hour of highly individual
comedy cabaret acts.

The second hour lasted 105 minutes and
included the likes of The Comedy Terrorist, Peter Buckley-Hill
and Andrew O'Neill plus four other five-minute acts and nine
other two-minute acts. Dull it ain't and it was loudly enjoyed by a
full audience, almost entirely other comedians.

Brian Damage and Krysstal (for half of the show she appears
not as strangely straight Krysstal but as Thirties BBC-style
character Madge) are a one-off cross-genre act but they have
echoes of The Bonzos, the heyday of music hall and some
rather seedy country and western club in the West Midlands
where people called Kevin wear stetsons and all themselves
Deke.

The duo can simultaneously be professional and shambolic in
the best possible way. Tonight, they were also intermittently
performing a scripted Reithian radio show with ad-libs, their
ancient yet still funny comic C&W songs, end-of-the-pier British
filth and bad puns welcomed like old friends: "With all the stuff
we're doing about shite, we should be up for the Derriere
Award"

While BBC producers are scouring the trendy Pleasance
venues for bright young Oxbridge things to write fifth-rate shows
for Radio 4, all the time, there sits under their noses or, at the
bottom of the Pleasance hill a ready-made first-rate radio show
being performed in the rather sweaty back room of the Holyrood
Tavern.

Almost five years ago, Chortle called the Pear Shaped cabaret
show "a unique comic experience that you really have to
sample at least once". The advice has not changed. It is rare to
find the true anarchic spirit of the Fringe and early alternative
comedy still thriving. But it is alive and well here.

The Brian Damage and Pear Shaped double-bill show gets a very
personal four stars. Lovers of slick, smooth comedy should stay well away.
But I laughed like a drain.

THURSDAY FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY - MIDNIGHT TO 2 30 am £6 / £5

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I was on the bill last night and this was my first experience of them. Utterly, utterly brilliant. Their show was wonderful and Brian Damage's compering after was better than any big-name compere I've ever seen. Glorious anarchic spirit. Undoubtedly my highlight of the festival.

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And what's more they're British!

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I’ve only seen a scaled-down version of their act after an especially-empty (ie 0 punters) London Pear-Shaped, but what I saw was amazing. They’re brilliant. Brian’s the spiritual heir to Viv Stanshall and they’re both excellent raconteurs. Very, very funny.

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The more I've seen Brian and Krysstal the funnier they get, and definitley one of my highlights of this years fringe.

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The funnier he gets the less I see of him.

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Don't worry Anthony, it'll be all over soon
We almost got on to the Perrier Shortlist
but apparently we're too tall.

What's this about you sacking young Belgrave?
Was he being funny again?

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Anthony Miller wrote:
And what's more they're British!

Hoorah!

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Brian Damage wrote:
What's this about you sacking young Belgrave?

I was worried that if we employed him any longer he'd start qualifying for employment rights.

So I have laid him off to re-employ him as a sub-contractor at a later date
in the hope that this will cut costs which I fear may escalate as the plastic
that covers the stage light suspended from the bent coathanger will not last much longer.
And red plastic is more important than people.

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Are these not incredibly funny. I want these rascals on my television screen right now, they are right funny if I'm not mistaken.

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We'll perform anywhere... even on your tele.

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We'll perform anywhere... even on your tele.

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