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Old with the new as Clary turns the air blue.

Byline: JONATHAN TREW

Julian clary King's Theatre, Edinburgh, Sunday, November 14 ***

FOR a comic whose show contains a lot of graphic sex descriptions, Julian Clary attracts an unlikely audience.

There is a lot of grey hair in his crowd and, I suspect, a lot of National Trust memberships. They look very respectable.

Many among his audience look as though they would be more at home listening to Radio Three than listening to Clary explain the more unusual episodes in his sex life.

But perhaps they can empathise with Clary because of his age.

He recently turned 50 or, as he puts it, he is "too old for alcopops but too young for Midsomer Murders".

This show is a very light-hearted if blue canter through those 50 years.

It is a series of shaggy dog stories that end with a double entendre. While the gags are X-rated, they are always softly delivered. The overall effect is like reading a book of extremely saucy, camp, seaside postcards.

What he says is crude and lewd but it doesn't really feel that way. Instead, Clary's show is a bit like a pantomime that has become a bit out of hand.

You might not repeat the jokes to your own grandmother but a lot of other people's grandmothers spent Sunday night chortling away in enjoyably scandalised fashion.

JONATHAN TREW
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
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Date:Nov 19, 2010
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