14th August 2002)
CHUCK IS SCROOGE
by Matt Warren
But its not Christmas.
does Charlie Chuck care? As one of the most esoteric performers
on the comedy circuit, Chuck thrives on the obscure and the out-of-place.
And his Scrooge is a masterpiece of oddity.
He eats Sugar Puffs and Volvic out of a dog bowl, pulls the wings
off butterflies and is seemingly in the latter stages of Creutzfeldt-Jakob
was such a strange Scrooge that, for a good 50 per cent of the
show, I was left wondering whether it was the character, or Chuck
himself, who was engaged in a very public nervous breakdown. In
fact, Scrooge only hangs around for the first half of the performance,
before leaving us with pure, unadulterated Chuck - yikes.
becomes enraged over the memory of his ex-wifes Ouija-board
use and throws a table across the room, narrowly missing a startled
American in the front row, ruminates on the importance of wiping
your arse with a beaver and tells us about the time he was locked
in a cupboard and visited by a one-eyed dog, with a white beard.
the past, people used to pay to visit the mad in Bedlam. Now you
can do the same at the Fringe. Just make sure you get there before
the ambulance arrives.