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Dave Chawner; Underdog


Dave Chawner; Underdog

The City Cafe

19 Blair Street
Las Vegas: AUG 4-28 at 20:00 (60 min) - Pay What You Can

Dave Chawner; Underdog

A show timely show about dogs, defeat & determination from No.1 best selling author, award winning comic and underdog Dave Chawner. As seen on BBC, ITV & Channel 5.As heard on Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio. ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - Arts Award Voice★ ★ ★ ★ ★ - Bunbury Magazine★ ★ ★ ★ - The List★ ★ ★ ★ - Edinburgh Festival Magazine★ ★ ★ ★ - Three Weeks★ ★ ★ ★ - Broadway Baby★ ★ ★ ★ - Wee Review★ ★ ★ ★ - Ed Fringe Review★ ★ ★ ★ - Voice Mag★ ★ ★ ★ - Fringe Explosion★ ★ ★ ★ - Theatre & Art Reviews ''he tells his invaluable story with humour and tongue in cheek charm'' - Mail On Sunday, ''Quirky, moving and hilarious'' - Indy 100, ''this is one comic you have to make the effort to see'' - The Scottish Herald'

This year we have two entry methods: Free & Unticketed or Pay What You Can
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Pay What You Can: For these shows you can book a ticket to guarantee entry and choose your price from the Fringe Box Office, up to 30 mins before a show. After that all remaining space is free at the venue on a first-come, first-served bases. Donations for walk-ins at the end of the show.

News and Reviews for this Show

August 19, 2022    The Edinburgh Reporter

The stand-up comedian Dave Chawner has tackled weighty subjects such as anorexia, teenage mental illness and getting circumcised at 26 for health reasons in his five previous solo shows, so a piece about dogs is something of a liberation – and it shows.
In a knockabout hour, with non-PC jokes aplenty, he introduces us to Rocket and Dotty, a male and female miniature dachshund, respectively – or sausage dogs as he prefers to call them – which he and his partner, Oona, attempt to raise after finding them through borrowmydoggy.com.

This includes “puppy-proofing” their flat in Streatham, south London – “there were ramps everywhere” – meeting family members, lavishing affection upon them and handling complaints about barking. “She can’t help, that – she’s northern Irish,” he says in one of many self-consciously poor-taste quips that probably won’t be winning “best joke of the Fringe” any time soon.

While it is not laugh-out-loud, he seems to enjoy himself knitting it all somewhat loosely together and there are dog pics aplenty, ranging from them nestling up to other mutts, to one of a bulldog having fun on an ill-regarded puppy farm (“They breed dogs like commercial entities”, he inveighs). And there’s also, bizarrely, one of a sweating Prince Andrew that somehow made it into the mix.

Chawner, 33, who is originally from Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, is agreeably jaunty and relaxed in a banter-rich performance; and as one might expect from the author of “Weight Expectations: One Man’s Recovery from Anorexia” he relishes playing with words.

His show, though, is not just about the bubble-world of dogs and their owners. It strives to reach out beyond doggyland to our quest for acceptance and for that, at least, he deserves a bow. Wow. Click Here For Review