July 27, 2008
Hats Off to the Bishop
By KEVIN O'SULLIVAN
HE won't win any awards for good taste. But C4 new boy Kevin Bishop's goose-stepping spectacular Sophie's Choice: The Musical was outrageously funny.
An all-singing, alldancing West End sensation featuring "a unique interactive theatre experience - every evening you can help make Sophie's choice for her." Which kid should die... you decide!
I probably ought to make a joke about not bashing the bishop. But sometimes it's best to resist temptation.
The Kevin Bishop Show was far from from faultless. Half the sketches didn't work. But there were at least three supremely comic moments that had me roaring with laughter.
And that's a good score. Highlights included a merciless impression of Radio 1's excruciating middle-aged white (c)rap DJ Tim Westwood sidling up to Stephen Hawking's "cool wheels chair" with the immortal greeting: "Wassup Doc - looking good!"
And constantly cutting to Jonathan Ross introducing his eternal guest "Wicky Gervais" was a barb in the right direction. Bishop's celebrity send-up Star Stories is sorely overrated.
But now he's landed his own series Kev's a rising star.
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