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The Essential Chic Murray (Page 32).

Drams full glass.
Venue Viewpoint Hall (Venue 325).
AddressViewpoint House 4 South Oswald Road.
Reviewer Neil Ingram.

With hundreds of comedians in Edinburgh his week, there's inevitably talk about who is the funniest of them all. But ask that question in 20 years time and which of them would feature? Many people from my generation would put the same man at the top of our all-time lists, the man whose genius is remembered in this show - The Essential Chic Murray.

On the 20th anniversary of his death, his daughter Annabelle has put together a vivid and moving tribute to her father, which she introduces herself. It includes film and audio clips of Chic performing, some of them with his wife and partner Maidie, stories and memories of Chic on and off stage, and music from The Salon Trio, for whom pianist Robert Simans has rearranged Chic and Maidie's original bandparts. There's also a selection of accordion pieces from Maidie's repertoire stylishly played by Una Bryson.

But the star of the show is the man himself, and his act recorded from television and stage. Many have tried to analyse why Chic is funny, and I won't try to join them. What's certain is that while some folk can't see what's to laugh at, most of us are endlessly amused by jokes and stories we have heard dozens of times before. As one of the tributes from a fellow comedian said, "Once you've cracked the code..." - so the man said "Do you know the Battersea Dog's Home?" and I said "I didn't know it had left".
©Neil Ingram 26 August 2005 - Published on EdinburghGuide.com
Runs to 28 August at 14.30 and 19.30.
Company - The Essential Chic Murray.


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