F**k You in the Age of Consequence review at Underbelly Edinburgh
To say Reginald Hunter is unafraid of courting controversy would be the understatement of the decade. The black American has rejoiced in giving his shows titles that are bound to see him accused of using racist language.
His previous Fringe shows, A Mystery Wrapped Up in a Nigga and Pride and Prejudice and Niggas were critically acclaimed, but, he claimed, led to a lot of empty seats on subsequent tours. This year, he said he wanted to call his show Coon Raider or At Last a Show Without Nigga in its Title, but both ideas were vetoed by his manager.
Numbers are certainly not proving a problem for him at the Fringe. The 320-capacity Udderbelly was packed and Hunter had quickly won over that crowd.
He has perfect delivery, rolling out the yarns in his deep southern drawl, casually dropping in punchlines like wondrous fireworks.
Unlike many Fringe comedy shows, the theme also held together superbly. At the start, he said he had borrowed the phrase ‘age of consequence’ from Winston Churchill to illustrate the point that you could only say and do as you pleased – in a ‘fuck you’ sort of way – if you were prepared to face the consequences.
His acting skills in playing out his tales are strong and Hunter’s material has a ring of truth about it, although it is doubtless highly embellished.
The infidelity and curling tongs story and his account of his court appearance for a minor traffic offence won huge laughs. And his bitter reflections on his parents’ troubled marriage and tough upbringing were as telling as funny.
The final yarn was about a 15-minute Japenese so-called ‘fuck you’ movie was moving and shocking, and still managed to end on a massive laugh.
A masterful show not to be missed.
Underbelly, Edinburgh, August 4-26
- Reginald D Hunter
- Mick Perrin for Just For Laughs Live, International Artistes
- Running time
- MUST SEE
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