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Luke Toulson: Fringe 2012
With Luke Toulson’s show it is best to forget that there is supposed to be a theme and enjoy the mix of well-told yarns that appear to merge the apocryphal and the genuine.
The theme itself is supposed to be a tribute to the two most important women in his life, his daughter and his girlfriend (don’t worry, he loves his mum too), a tribute put into focus by the death of a good friend.
This tragedy has made Toulson realise that loved ones are precious beyond any other concern, and aware of how feckless he is prone to be without actually changing his ways.
That this isn’t really explored further is frustrating. More unfortunate is that his daughter and his girlfriend remain two-dimensional. They are either ciphers for material – for example an internet age-old routine about hiding porn site visits – or merely staging points to hang together unrelated material on, for example, the fact that Kingsmill bread has a Twitter account.
Some routines teeter on the fact/fiction border while others need pushing one way or the other. As an example of the former, Toulson describes how his children sit either side of a ‘hoodie’ on London bus. Touslon, sat a few seats away for safety, tries to defuse the tension with a game of I-Spy. The hoodie joins in unsuccessfully and is shown up by Toulson’s daughter. It’s a nicely embroidered scene.
Meanwhile, falling into the latter category, is a sequence describing how he thought he was nearly going to die in a plane crash, prompting his girlfriend of two months that he loved her. He indicates that this story has come up in another show, but we could do with a refresher about what happened? What was her reaction? How did she feel? Could we find out more about her personality from this crucial life event?
The effort of stylising the ending, with the prism of a Biblical story and a song, could have been put into threading through a bit more colour into the rest of what is a competent, if not illuminating, hour.
|Date of live review: Wednesday 15th Aug, '12|
Review by Julian Hall
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Just seen Simon's comments. I used to run the night in East Finchley and completely disagree. Luke is an act we have booked many times in the past and would happily book him again. Simon was a member of the audience who came off second best in a bit of banter with Luke, and has resorted to slagging him off on here. Go and see Luke. He's great.
He was awful ! Stunk out East Finchley tonight and completely misjudged the crowd. Poor comic timing. Surprised to see here how many years he's been going.
Very very Funny.
Toulson and Harvey
Edinburgh Fringe 2008
Luke Toulson: There Are So Many Things I Cant Do
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Luke Toulson: Too Many Last Cigarettes
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Luke Toulson: Sorry About Last Night
Toulson & Harvey Used To Be Friends
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Luke Toulson: Luke Who's Talking