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ALFIE BROWN: SCISSOR

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Venue:The City Café, 19 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 220 0125
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Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: City Two - Basement Bar
AUG 4-28 at 15:00 (60 min)
 
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Critically acclaimed Brown, known for being satirical, grotesque and f*cked, returns to the Fringe. He’ll be exploring alcohol, the Middle East and something hideous about our socialised collective sexual repression. ‘The future of British stand-up’ ★★★★★ (The List). ‘Thrilling... extremely funny... a distinctive dissenting voice’ ★★★★ (The Evening Standard). ‘All the potential to be one of this country’s best comics: perceptive, provocative, political, and playful. And, most of all, damn funny’ ★★★★ (Chortle.co.uk). ‘One of the most exciting comedians around’ ★★★★ (BeyondTheJoke.co.uk).


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August 21, 2016  Scotsman
Review for Alfie Brown: Scissor
From a breathtakingly arrogant debut show that could not have been more irritating had it been done to a backing track of nails scraping down a blackboard, Alfie Brown has evolved into an extraordinarily impressive comic. Rating: ****

Venue: Laughing Horse @ City Cafe (Venue 85) He is still an energetic bundle of egregiously educated, middle -class self confidence, but the borderline sociopathic arrogance has gone and, as he starts this exhilirating hour by taking on well worn subjects like alcohol and Facebook and enthusiastically ripping them a new one, you feel Alfie and his ­talent have finally clicked. English and French, he says, are the only languages in which we “fall” in love, and follows with a glorious demonstration of him falling in love with his girlfriend. It is manic, openhearted and funny. For all that Jennifer Rush claimed “the power of love” could do, she never once mentioned turning a smug opinionated boy into a great comic. Apart from making a very good case for men’s opinions on feminism being more valid than women’s, his argument that, while society might not favour the female, nature certainly did, had the room persuaded. I laughed more at Alfie’s revelations of his clit envy than was entirely comfortable for the person next to me. The end, he tells us, casually, “isn’t really written yet”. Which would normally light my personal blue touch paper. But this is terrific stuff. Fellow comic Jimmy McGhie is beside me on the way out. “Alfie’s comedy has finally caught up with his intellect,” he says. I could not have put it better myself.

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August 20, 2016  Chortle
Review for Alfie Brown: Scissor
Alfie Brown hates Adele. Really hates Adele. Not just her singing, which he hates. But her lyrics, which he boils down to: ‘It’s all probably someone else’s fault; no further self-analysis needed.’

It’s the exact opposite of Brown’s comedy, in which he subjects himself to the most intense scrutiny and shares his often unflattering results, And not just himself, much of society gets the same forensic examination – before concluding that Adele stems from the same cultural mulch as Islamic State. Did I mention that he really hates Adele?

Scissor is a fiercely intelligent hour, wide in its scope, penetrating in its analysis. The results are engrossing and compellingly conveyed… but it’s also one of those shows which sacrifices a fair bit of funny as Brown puts philosophising over punchline. There’s a lot of them about this Fringe.

Fatherhood and his relationship with fellow comic Jessie Cave, previously documented by them both, has made him a changed man, and a changed comic. He’s not the raw cocktail of rampant anger and bleak nihilism he once was, but he’s not exactly the jaunty everyman comic making relatable observations about Sunday DIY either. He’s as fiercely cynical about relationships and sexual mores as he is about humanity in general.

An habitual contrarian, he confesses to being a racist sometimes and convincingly argues that it’s OK to objectify the opposite sex – then makes the tongue-in-cheek demand that if full gender equality is the aim, he should be granted the same sexual privileges as a woman.

Partly this is provocative for its own sake, to shake up complacency. He talks with the conviction of a demagogue and applies a relentless logic. But he works with nuance, challenging the doctrines we’re supposed to accept as given. His standpoint can be intriguingly ambiguous, arguing the case for opinions he may or may not hold, but he’s very convincing.

Brown’s writing is as powerful as his performance, with a mastery of the pithy maxim. ‘Having just one drink is like having a Russian doll and never opening it up,’ he opines of the missed opportunities responsible drinking means. His fine words conjure up potent images – even if it’s a vivid mental picture you could do without, as he magnifies the dread of imagining your parents having sex a hundredfold, or describes a filthy ballet of ejaculate in a heavenly orgy.

Bold ideas match the bold words, from describing how we’ve come a slave to the selfie, while losing our actual sense of self, and how blandness has taken over our culture.

Yet fascinating and audacious as this is, those elegant phrases don’t often enough break through into hilarious punchlines. He doesn’t push through laughs as determinedly and as passionately as he pushes through his arguments.

One year Brown will surely be at the eye of the perfect storm of comic and intellectual brilliance to create the must-see show of the Fringe. This one isn’t it – again – but he’s never less than a fascinating performer, eloquently firing doubt into your once-certain worldview.

Review date: Thursday 18th Aug, '16Reviewed by: Steve Bennett Click Here

August 16, 2016  The List
A superb return to form for a room-splitting talent
When a couple get up to leave while Alfie Brown is in full flow with a routine about Thomas Piketty's Capital, you immediately fear the worst. After all, he has been known in the past to show little mercy towards anyone daring to depart his room, but here he gently suggests they stay a while or they'll miss a good bit. They ignore him, and they do. Indeed there are lots of fine moments in Scissor, which suggests that Brown's mojo has returned after a bumpy period in his stand-up.

Not that he is any less baffled by life or with people's attitudes, and it's unlikely that he will ever stop offering room-dividing opinions. He certainly seems extremely irritated at the perfectly reasonable questions he's been asked now that he's a father. Brown's less than positive attitude towards Adele enjoyably rears its head again with a lengthy dismantling of any notion that she carries a lovely voice, while his girlfriend (in attendance) takes a few jokey blows.

It's good to see this genuine talent back on form as he delves deeply into why men are the woefully inferior gender, and he has terrific imagery-heavy gags about restraining a birth-giving woman and the sound of a baby crying.

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