Comedy review: Joseph Morpurgo – Truthmouth
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Joseph Morpurgo – Truthmouth at Laughing Horse @ The Counting House (Venue 170), reviewed by Jay Richardson
A fine solo debut from Austentatious’s Joseph Morpurgo, the premise of his show is that he has teamed up with Truthmouth, a “small but vital” arts charity that converts real people’s testimony into acting. Why doesn’t matter. But cycling through his eclectic range of characters, he affords them an impressive three-dimensionality during their time in the spotlight.
An optimistic pensioner sets the bar, striving, against all good sense to the contrary, to trick his way back into the army, the pathos of the piece supplemented by some very funny lines. His chef is more straightforward, barking answers to his own questions before the startled audience can answer.
But generally, Morpurgo propels his creations in surprising directions. Joe Barnes, editor-in-chief of FHM, has a radical idea for next year’s calendar, there’s an amusingly maudlin appearance from a classic computer game character, and in his most possessed performance, a pub raconteur is overtaken by a truly disturbing spectacle.
Picking capriciously from pop culture, with appearances from R Kelly, Twitter’s head of programming and a cruel incarnation of The Baby-Sitters Club, he adeptly varies the pace and even contrives the sweet inclusion of his technician in one piece. Not everything is as strong, but it is impressively consistent.
Until 25 August. Today 3:45pm
Originally published in The Scotsman