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THE BRAIN IS IN THE HEART

Beyond Compere

Comedy

Venue:The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6802
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: FREE  
Room: Maggie's Chamber
AUG 3-27 at 16:30 (60 min)
 
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70% improvisation, 30% stories about illicit drug use, and Christian Scientists. All Heart. With more characters than a Pynchon novel pouring out of the head of Russell Hicks, this show promises to be one hell of a trip.


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August 15, 2017  Fest
Comedy shows are like babies: whatever love and care you throw at them, no-one ever really knows how they’re going to turn out.

Russell Hicks has less idea than most, as his show is "70 per cent improvisation", but even this seat-of-the-pants American is thrown slightly by the first few minutes of this busy weekday-afternoon show. It turns out that the Frenchman right in the centre of the front row speaks no English, and when Hicks tests that by tossing out a few gentle insults, his amis takes offence and gets right in Hicks' face before they both storm off. And thus the show’s theme is in place.

Lots of comics might lose the plot after such an up-close altercation, but Hicks insists that he’s faced worse – such are the risks of crowd-work, and he’s a hardy exponent of it, using the exotic-to-him home-towns that crop up in these discussions (Ennis and Whitley Bay this time) to conjure wild stories about the people concerned.

Actually his name is oddly appropriate, as he rustles up numerous hicks along the way. That’s his default accent for anyone who voted for Trump, or even Brexit. In Hicks’ mind anyone with UKIP sympathies who cheered a little too loudly when that French couple stormed off earlier are basically mid-western hillbillies. Which puts a novel new spin on things.

Each show is bound to vary in quality, of course, but if the rigid sets and formats elsewhere start to get tiresome, this ever-changing hour should be a highly effective tonic. Click Here

August 10, 2014  Broadway Baby
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You’ve got to have a bit of a thick skin to go to Russell Hicks: Unprepared. The whole stand-up show is entirely improvised off the back of the audience. Whoever you are, you’re going to end up being at the butt of at least one of his jokes. And Hicks pulls few punches. If you’re up for a bit of a roasting, it’s hilarious stuff from a comedian who has a talent for riffing off the fly.

Hicks has a sharp wit and a cutthroat style.
Hicks has a sharp wit and a cutthroat style. He’s got the pessimism of Jack Dee mixed with the deadpan aggression of Dennis Leary. He’s offensive and not particularly PC and he’s not afraid of making his audience feel uncomfortable. Nothing’s off limits. To make his stand up work, Hicks observes his audience well and interacts with every one of them, creating a stand up based almost entirely off his crowd. He has a few topics to discuss while he’s deciding his moves, including but definitely not exclusive to stuff from the 80’s. He also tends to bring up a grudge match he’s developing with a certain small performer you might find around the Just the Tonic Venues. Sorry if that gives the game away Russell, but the dark side in me wants to see that battle. Like I say. Nothing’s off limits.

So stay away if you’re particularly sensitive. But if you’re looking for a rip-roaring night of tough love from a witty comedian, get yourself over to the Tron one night for Russell Hicks’ free show.

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