Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Review - Skilled observer

READERS of the satirical magazine Private Eye will be familiar with the parodies Craig Brown writes, that lampoon those in the public eye. He demonstrates how careful observation of the rich and famous can reveal often what they say as repetitive (in the case of politicians), vacuous or self-serving.

Politicians, he amusingly shows, often repeat themselves, saying the same thing but in a slightly different way, “standing so proud….proudly standing”.

It would be interesting to see how a writer of parody compares with a performer of the spoken version such as the impressionist Rory Bremner.

Craig admits he can’t imitate people very well, so in his case the quality of the material is all important. Here he does not let us down, reading from a selection of his work.

One piece imagines the late Duchess of Devonshire, being introduced by her butler at breakfast to a toaster for the first time. She assumes this will replace the toasting fork.

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