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Daniel Foxx: Villain at Pleasance, Baby Grand

A crystal-clear delivery and engaging stage presence meant it was easy to follow, and to enjoy, Daniel Foxx’s full-length Fringe debut. He has a significant following on TikTok: performing for an hour to a live audience is, of course, not the same as a short, snappy video. Foxx is fully aware of that, having collaborated on the musical Unfortunate: The Untold Story of Ursula the Sea Witch, and puts in long-form narratives into this show, which include a few songs that give it added impetus. In some respects, his story is a road well-travelled, especially at the inclusive Edinburgh Fringe, of a gay teenager navigating his way in the world, responding to homophobia with sass and panache.

Daniel Foxx: VillainThe observational comedy is perceptive, with the show’s title a springboard to justify Foxx’s reasoning as to why Disney cartoon antagonists have been, at least historically, queer. Inviting the audience to shout out Disney villain names, he provides quick-fire responses, which are as logical as they are witty. On the other hand, there are more personal aspects to his material, and not all of it was directly related to LGBT+ issues – I found his scrutiny of roles teachers assigned pupils in school nativity plays to be pure brilliance.

Then there are members of his family who have their quirks and contradictions – one of them claims to “hate poofs” but loves the music of Sir Elton John. With more than a whiff of nostalgia – it helps, but it isn’t essential, to know a thing or two about animated movies of the past – this is a sharp and delightful show, and the future of British comedy is looking very bright with the likes of Daniel Foxx on stage.

4 stars

Review by Chris Omaweng

Daniel Foxx is one of the most exciting new voices in comedy right now.
The people’s princess and TikTok starlet will deliver his stand-up hour debut with a show about childhood, Tilda Swinton, and bullying (but in a chic way). With his trademark wit and grandmother’s pearls, he’s taking us back to the 2000s, when the Special K diet was all the rage and the only queer representation was Aladdin’s Jafar.

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