Fringe veteran and Shropshire born novelist, Christopher Bliss (Rob Carter’s alter-ego) this year welcomes the audience for a Q&A hour with a chance to ask questions about their own novels- being offered paper slips to write down their pitches as we enter the show.
Having seen Christopher’s work previously and encountered the different ways he has framed his work I was familiar and excited for his short (literally never more than two sides of A6) stories which are wonderfully silly, joyfully obscure and a true masterclass in British absurdist comedy.
Christopher, blue anorak freshy washed ready for another fringe, banters with the audience with ease. Carter is a gifted character comedian who knows his creation inside out.
Compared to other offerings from previous years I did feel this latest show could do with a little more polish and finesse- We are of course more forgiving at the Fringe to technical errors and wobbly moments and I am sure Carter will find his feet as the weeks go on.
The show flies in the moments of Christopher’s novel readings- when he is in his comfort zone his work truly lends itself to full belly laughter.
The hour flew by and Chris Bliss will firmly remain a fringe favourite of mine for years to come! If you’re looking for an easy hour which is sure to please most, this is the show for you.
Reviewer: Rita Bryce
Reviewed: 5th August 2023
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