Fringe review: ‘Wisdom: Part One’

Wisdom: Part One, Jimmy Hogg, Plymouth, England. Pink venue, 60 minutes, $10.

By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater

Jimmy Hogg

In a future life I hope to have as much energy as Jimmy Hogg, the veteran Fringer who is sharing his role as “arbiter of truth and purveyor of infinite wisdom” in his comedy routine Wisdom: Past One. Hogg can talk, seemingly, about anything, and while you may think he’s occasionally full of hot air (“There are no jokes in Shakespeare. I’m English, so I can say that.”), it’s pretty appealing to want to listen to him go on for hours.

Hogg has stuff to say about child hecklers, cruel headmasters and evil owners of pit bulls (he’s against them), and he’s the only guy at the Fringe who inserts his own illegal intermission (he’s for them). But the unlikely topic this time around is religion — mainstream religion, and also religion that derives from the 1986 movie Highlander, which lends itself in his book to an entirely new belief system, Jimmy Hoggism. (Are you surprised?)

There’s not a lot of patience here for any kind of organized religion — which didn’t matter much during the Sunday-morning performance I saw, when anyone religious would have been at church. But the best parts of Hogg’s show, as always, are the unforeseen digressions, when his busy mind wanders to some other topic entirely, which he just happens to have a whole lot of opinions about. In fact, it’s hard to imagine him as the proponent of any kind of religion: I can’t see Jimmy Hogg ever sitting still long enough to join.

Remaining shows:
Monday May 23, 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday May 25, 6:10 p.m.
Friday May 27, 9:20 p.m.
Saturday May 28, 2:50 p.m.

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