Patrick Turpin

A clever and funny combination of stand up and theatre

Patrick Turpin

Patrick Turpin's show is not just stand-up: in this split piece he assumes two personas - the stand up comedian, and a 'thesp' in a flower headband, broken out whenever the moment calls for some comic performance. Through this method, he comically looks at the subjects of love and marriage - posing the question of whether he can just love himself, though a series of one man performances and running commentary in between. His set works as a whole and he is great at creating narrative while making it feel like natural comedy.

Turpin is intelligently funny and acutely self-aware, constantly poking fun at his own comedy and privilege, and making reference to, as well as satirising, a whole range of cultural references. He has a charming, and deliberately camp style of performance, immediately claiming that he is the kind of guy who has been to more hens than stag dos. He is brilliant at subverting expectations and his piece is well written, with a dexterous play on words and ideals, yet just daft enough to pitch the humour perfectly. He can cater to a wide audience through different types of humour from his sharp wit, to the slightly more ridiculous condom gags.

He is well-prepared too, with a set-up of remote controlled voice recordings and plenty of music - the timing of all of which he got down to a tee, with no hiccups despite some disruptive audience members. He dealt with the audience brilliantly, proving that his comedy is as good when improvised as when rehearsed. Turpin was engaging, managing to keep the whole room laughing, despite any disruptions. His performance felt natural and comfortable, and it is evident that he has real potential in both theatre and comedy. Turpin is clever, charismatic and brilliantly funny - don't miss him on the Free Fringe!

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Patrick Turpin is at Summerhall at 18.15, 12-27 Aug (excl 15). More details and tickets can be found on the Fringe website.


Ellen Orange

Ellen Orange Voice Contributor

I am a 24 year old Marketing Officer from the North East with a passion for arts and writing. I did a BA in English Literature and an MA in Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature at Durham University, because I love books and reading! I have experience in writing for a variety of student publications, as well as having contributed to Living North, a regional magazine and Culture magazine, a supplement to regional newspaper, The Journal. I have been part of a Young Journalists scheme writing for NewcastleGateshead's Juice Festival, a young people's arts and culture festival, and have since become a Team Juice member. As well as reading and writing, I love theatre, photography and crafts.

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