Taken from NZ Herald, by Stephen Jewell.
"Hey, it's Juan Vesuvius!" I am heading out of Edinburgh's Assemblly Roxy
with New Zealand comedian Barnie Duncan
at midnight. There's no better indication that his one-man show, Calypso Nights
, has become the talk of the town than when some students call out after his comedic alter ego and ask for selfies.
After gaining impressive reviews from The Guardian
and The Scotsman
, the hilarious show about a feckless Venezuelan DJ was included in The List
magazine's top 10 best-rated shows and last week won entertainment website The Skinny
's Fringe Genius award.
"I thought it would do well because it's a party, so I asked for a late night slot," says Duncan. "It really isn't comparable to anything else. Juan is such a good character, and he's so colourful and flamboyant, I knew there would be a point of difference."
With the last fortnight of performances selling out, Calypso Nights
has fared much better than the New Zealand play, Strange Resting Places
, the mid-afternoon three-hander that officially brought him to Scotland.
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