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Original Review:A lively but indifferent act, Glaswegian Roddy Fraser banters his way through mostly pedestrian material. He has little to say, even if he’s confident enough in saying it.
Much of his routine seems to depend on common stereotypes, with nothing to add nor any distinctive twist to make it his own. It seems like a close impersonation of comedy, but without a solid grasp of the principles behind what is funny. His persona, outlook and style are too muddled for that.
He likes to have a chat with the audience, and regularly comperes at his own room-above-a-pub comedy club in London. Again, the conversation flows readily, but too often this didn’t lead to satisfying punchlines. Perhaps that’s why his banter still couldn’t bring the small-but-feisty audience into line when Chortle saw him.
However, his inconsequential material is lifted by the series of songs which punctuate his set. It’s possibly because by having to stick to the lyrics and maintain the rhythm, his tendency to stray off the point is suppressed.
Again, he’s not averse to a few obvious ‘route one’ lines, but in the songs they’re the exception rather than the rule, as he manages to find unexpected twists in the rhymes. Wisely, too, he keeps these tracks short – maybe just a verse and a chorus to get the jokes across – for fear of overstaying his welcome.
Musical comedy is clearly his forte - as for the rest, it’s pretty much take-it-or-leave it stuff.
|Date of review: Jun 2007|
Tuesday 12th Jun, '07-
This review is absolute bollocks. He is a genius
Absolutely awful. Bombed completely and got booed off stage.
Ive been to see Roddy twice in the last two weeks and travelled 30-35 miles just to go back! I disagree with this review the man is hilarious! His interaction with the audience is superb I love his take on accents and his ability to get out of any situation that may be slighty awkward! 5***** Top bloke.
I don't know what he was like before but I love his little ditties, and he appears very amiable on stage - the audience seems to like him as do the acts.
A fair review. Three years down the line, nothing has changed. Needs to pull his finger out.
Roddy's a genuinely exciting performer with flashes of genius. I love watching the dude because he's absolutely uncontrived with his performance and readtions to the crowd. Very interseting act.
Flawed genius. Some truly awesome moments onstage. Even when he goes badly, which is less and less these days, he's still got all this natural ability which he seems to pull out of nowhere in the awkward moments. I'm always pleased when he's on the bill.