Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nashville Spoof Has a Real Feel

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Nashville Spoof Has a Real Feel

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Byline: BRUCE DESSAU

Otis Lee Crenshaw Comedy Store

TENNESSEE'S most notorious recidivist Otis Lee Crenshaw is leading a double life. Otis is essentially a comic character created by Rich Hall, but his Nashville pastiches have been garnering genuine plaudits from Q and Mojo.

Perhaps a genre that has embraced Drop Kick Me Jesus through the Goalposts of Life by Kinky Friedman was always destined to welcome Crenshaw's Women Call it Stalking (It's just Selective Walking).

Judging by the new material in Monday's show the goatee'd growler will win blessings from country and comedy for some time yet. At the Shepherd's Bush Empire last autumn, Crenshaw was adequate, but in this intimate basement he played a blinder. A Beckham hat trick could hardly be greeted with more cheers.

A lengthy set took in classics from Crenshaw's CD, London, Not Tennessee, but the newer numbers being run in for Edinburgh and an Off-Broadway stint maintained the standard. …

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