The Road From Dundee To Tennessee

Note: This review is from 2001

Review by Steve Bennett

In this show, Brandon Reed travels America to find other towns called Dundee.

But he didn't actually tell us that.

It's symptomatic of the jumbled, ill-thought-out way this show is put together that the very premise was never even outlined - and only when he starts talking about his travels does that basic fact dawn on the audience.

And the whole hour is a similar mish-mash of half-formed ideas, styles and jokes (some funny, many not) that doesn't form a coherent whole.

It's all interspersed, too, with some of the most badly edited video footage you'll see. There's a place for amateurism in fringe comedy, but surely not at the expense of comprehension.

These are as exciting as someone's holiday snaps, but worse - with half-snippets of conversations cut off mid-word and indistinguishable footage of roads and buildings to look at.

He then makes witty comments on some of the scenes, but nobody was really watching because, well, they were unwatchable. And that kind of affects the gags.

The whole mess was also inexplicably bookended by footage of David Hasselhof, which just added to the confusion, and elsewhere, unrelated topics were similarly introduced just for the sake of a weak gag.

There are a couple of good lines in here, and Reed is certainly a personable performer. But he needs to be a hell of a lot more focussed in his thinking and delivery than this.

Review date: 1 Jan 2001
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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