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Piccadilly Comedy Club New Act of th Year

posted 2 Jan 2012, 15:07 by Pete Beckley

This was my third time of seeing Pete Beckley in a month – every one of them a new act final, which has to say something for his prospects. A Wolverine looky-likey, he plays up the role of the creepy weirdo, like a bewhiskered English Emo Philips. It’s not quite so surprising his writing’s not up to the American’s elite standard, and often the twist in his lines are just irrationally stupid rather than having any twisted internal logic. But he sustains a couple of good running jokes, his unique appearance and strangulated delivery stick in the mind, and some gags show flashes of inventiveness – all of which give him firm foundations on which to build.

Steve Bennett

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