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I Fed My Best Friend Her Favourite Cow


Underground Venues - Barrel Room
21 Jul, 8:30pm-9:30pm; 22 Jul, 7:00pm-8:00pm

Photo: Edward Moore

Few shows’ titles leap out of a crowded Fringe programme as readily as this one – and for a moment, we were tempted to recommend it on those grounds alone.  When we looked closer, though, we saw we didn’t have to.  James Sherwood, the man behind the moniker, deserves a hat-tip in his own right… and we’ve high hopes this new comedy-musical routine will continue his successes of the last few years.

We confess, it’s been a few years since we last saw Sherwood perform.  But back then – in a crowded club in Edinburgh – we were impressed by his humour, praising his endearingly rumpled demeanour and knowingly intelligent themes.  Sherwood can actually sing, turning on a full-belt performance for the most amusingly inappropriate of lyrics; and his comedy compositions are interspersed with clever chat.  Perched on his piano stool, he sports a cosily familiar style… and his act’s none the worse for that.

We’re not the only ones to think so, either: an award nominee at last year’s Buxton Fringe, he’s also a regular writer for the BBC, prompting one reviewer to describe his live act as “like stumbling upon one of those brilliantly clever Radio 4 comedy shows”.  This is a new show, on the road to Edinburgh, so some of the work might still be in progress; even so, we’re sure that Sherwood has a good few laughs to feed us.

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