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Ricky Grover: Who's The Guv'nor
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Ricky Grover starts his show skipping and shadow-boxing to a thunderous Rocky-style soundtrack - but he's no heavyweight champ when it comes to comedy.
He invites the audience to indulge him in his list of pet hates - old people, bouncers, vegetarians and the like - then does and short mime of Pavarotti, garnering rapturous applause, though it's unclear exactly what talents were being acclaimed. I can only imagine that die-hard fans feel obliged to remain loyal.
In the next section of the show, Grover performs as Bulla, his faithful East End hardman character, intimidating the audience in his well-trodden fashion.
The difference between Grover as Bulla and Grover the stand-up comedian appears negligible - save for the stocking over his head.
Because the villainous character is so one-dimensional and stereotypical, he is difficult to empathise with and he's looking quite dated these days.
Grover's third ploy to ingratiate the audience is a supposedly true, sincere and gentle account of his background and methodology - though again there's very little difference between this and the previous ramblings.
This disjointed and stilted performance felt tired, an outdated character comic resting on his laurels sprang to mind.
That the finale, was about underpants, and culminated in skid marks, spoke volumes.
I remember Grover from the 11 O'clock Show, he made me laugh then, and he's gettin' even funnier. Wicked talent.
Grover was hilarious, poinant and totally endearing. His jaunts into the audience led to some spot-on impro. His material was witty and at points down right clever. The last part of the show gives you an insight into the big man, his big heart and could not help but win the audiences affection. In short, this really is a show you should see. Not everybody who goes to comedy shows has a degree in Sociology and a subscription to the New Statesman. Real comedy for real people. Good on yer Ricky!
Definitely the best comedy show in Edinburgh. Ricky Grover is a comedy genius
Saw it four times this Edinburgh it was so funny. Ricky Grover is well and truly back.
Very funny show from a very funny guy. I felt that it showed energy and was just the tonic I needed after watching some pretty dodgy shows from less dated performers.
Very funny guy. Highly recommended. Unfortunately I was bursting for the toilet for half the performance (the second half, in case you were wondering) which spoiled it slightly for me.