Reviewer: Matthew Farnham
Phill Jupitus has spent the last 20 years wowing us with his quick witted banter on TV quiz shows, and this improv-styled question and answer session truly tests his limits. Jupitus demonstrates how quickly and deep his rabbit hole of a mind can turn an innocuous question into a discussion about the obscure.
In his return to the Edinburgh Fringe, Jupitus has brought two of his breakout creations from 2014 with him. He brings the stage alive with the outlandish, tweed obsessed, thespian Vernon Herschel Harley and the German U-Boat Captain Kurt Schiffer. Taking questions from the audience as Vernon, Jupitus quickly takes off on tales of Hollywood glamour, theatre gossip and months revealing the darkest details of his death. When Jupitus switches to Schiffer, the accent thickens into the stereotypical but amusing German and historical accuracy is fired out the torpedo tube.
Those who ask questions, do so at their own risk, as both characters are prone to outbursts and turning the most innocent of questions to the darkest depths, sometimes even surprising Jupitus himself. Of the three shows that Jupitus is completing each day in Edinburgh, this is where you will see him at his free flowing best. He often loses control himself as the words that come out of his mouth surprise even him. Jupitus carries the characters well and touches on issues ranging from appropriate porn to Hollywood folklore.
Phill Jupitus: Achtung/Acting is a show as reliant on the always sharp and often shocking mind of its star. The speed at which Jupitus’ mind works and its ability to take a question to places most people couldn’t imagine is where the real quality of Achtung/Acting lies.
Runs until 27 August 2017 | Image: Contributed