Review: 99 Schnitzels (Veal Ain’t One)

Last year I caught a sketch at one of the variety shows from Josh Glanc’s show and since then I have been looking forward to seeing his offering for this year’s Fringe.

It’s a little confusing at the beginning because as we walk in to take our seats Josh is vacuuming and listening to music. He continues until everyone has taken their seats and this has us all wondering whether it’s part of the show or he actually is cleaning.

Finally, he acknowledges us in character as Sandeep the cleaner. Poor Sandeep has been fired from his job and is pretty upset, singing into his vacuum and trying to take over the stage before the tech guy comes and kicks him off.

Sandeep is just one of a multitude of characters we meet throughout the show.  There’s Juan the Spanish popstar, a perverted and creepy lollipop man, David the comedian, an unfortunate man with bread for ears and even the real Josh with his cat Artax.

What makes this show so entertaining is his ability to switch so easily between characters.

My favourite character was Spanish popstar Juan. Juan picks Tim an unsuspecting member of the audience to go on a date to a concert and hilarity ensues during the sketch. Poor Tim thought he had got off with one appearance, but Juan returns and drags him back on stage.

Josh has created a mashup of hilarious characters and brought them to life with accents, body language and facial expressions. With literally a quick jump he switches between characters and between laughing I sometimes found it hard to keep up with who was who.

He rounds the show off perfectly with Sandeep making another appearance and sending his best regards to the tech guy with a familiar and not friendly hand sign…

The thing about Fringe is it highlights how many talented people are out there and Josh Glanc is one of them. This witty talented performer has a great singing voice and a clever ability to make any situation funny. This show had the audience laughing throughout.

Though 99 Schnitzels has ended, don’t miss his new show Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian which starts on the 13 February, it’s a guaranteed laugh.

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

13-25 February at 9pm
The Palace Society at ibis Palace

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