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Noel Faulkner – Shake, Rattle and Noel review at Gilded Balloon Teviot

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Noel Faulkner, best known as owner of London’s Comedy Cafe venue, had always appeared to me to be a bit of maverick and a mystery. So, personally, this show was a chance to get an insight into what made the guy tick. It was not to disappoint.

Faulkner, who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome, regaled the small audience with a wonderful account of his life, from bullied and beaten schoolboy in Ireland, to young trawlerman to professional snake-catcher in the US. Even more extraordinary was his spell as a major importer of cannabis from Columbia and the subsequent seven years on the run from the FBI. A ripping yarn.

Certainly, his delivery and ad-libs were not great and he fluffed a few lines but it did not really matter. The story was the star. And Noel’s rock’n’roll dancing was sensational.

At the conclusion, it seemed that for Faulkner coming to terms with his condition and finding inner peace were part and parcel of the same struggle.

Production Information

Gilded Balloon Teviot, August 7-28

Noel Faulkner who also performs
Comedy Cafe Management
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