Reviewing the reviewers

Bitter comic fights back

Scottish comic Brandon Reed was so miffed at a review of his Edinburgh show that he has plastered a scathing review of the critic who slated him around the streets of Edinburgh.

Reed was furious that journalist Catherine Bromley slated his show The Road From Dundee To Tennessee in a two-star review in local listings magazine The List.

So he had his own posters made, reviewing her as "totally lacking in originally, perception and insight" and awarding her five "golden turds".

He told Chortle: "It's inevitable but still a disgrace that people with axes to
grind, lack of experience or other motivations are allowed to play God in
the way they do.

"Many reviews are inaccurate, poorly written and exude bitterness, and performers are supposed to accept this and say 'well, that's life'. Well it isn't."

But List editor Mark Fisher leapt to Bromley's defence over at least one part of Reed's campaign.

The posters said she demonstrated "lazy use of metaphors", but as Fisher rightly pointed out, there were no metaphors - lazy or otherwise - in her review.

Published: 11 Aug 2001

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