Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Leggy John Hits the Mark; COMEDY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Leggy John Hits the Mark; COMEDY

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Byline: BRUCE DESSAU

Lypsinka! The Boxed Set

Queen Elizabeth Hall

OF all the acts at his Meltdown Festival, this was the only one that Morrissey chose to introduce personally. He didn't make a big fuss, politely batting away a heckle before leaving the stage for the sashaying entrance of Lypsinka, the leggy creation of John Epperson.

This may be one of the most enchanting acts to visit the South Bank this year. Lypsinka is partdrag, part-conceptual artist. To say that the Mississippian merely mimes to a non-stop selection of torch songs as overblown as yesterday's gales hardly does justice to his creative, witty persona. Sketches and vignettes pour forth, propelled by a fastand-furious soundtrack of sampled music and movie dialogue.

It is a technique that leaves no margin for error and Epperson hits every mark. In one of his most challenging set pieces, he answers a sequence of telephone calls mimicking increasingly exasperated voices without missing a beat. …

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