Count Arthur Strong: The Musical
I always like a comedian who is branded 'cult': you know that in the commercial world of comedy, this one has stuck it out and stayed original. And Steve Delaney, aka Count Arthur Strong, is no exception.
I'm sure you'll be familiar with his radio show, but would he pull it off live?
On stage, his is not so much a stand-up routine as acting. In general, the gags are concerned with the business of putting across the character: an old, drunk showbiz enthusiast from Doncaster, with a strange lopsided limp, who is trying to sell shares in a musical about his own life.
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For most of the show he has a coat hanger hooked on to the back of his trousers and a tweedy hat which he pairs with an evening suit. He wanders off the stage, he ambles back on. He is apparently vague.
It's all slightly reminiscent of Tommy Cooper and his sustained silliness.
- 1 Moment delivery driver walks through shop window
- 2 What can't open in Norfolk on May 17 - and why
- 3 Two Norfolk destinations named among most scenic in UK
- 4 Five rare birds that have been spotted in Norfolk
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- 6 Man kicked and punched in head by group of attackers
- 7 Giles Orpen-Smellie elected as police and crime commissioner
- 8 Hotel owner on directing The Only Way is Essex stars in Norfolk
- 9 Village pub's burgers are a hit for our reviewer as eating out returns
- 10 Dinomania tour heading to Norfolk with giant dinosaurs that move
Simplicity like this takes serious skill to pull off. But Delaney does it.
In the country of the absurd, this count is a king. Keep watching this space.