The Edinburgh Fringe and won the Amused Moose Edinburgh Comedy Award 2023
Edinburgh Fringe comedy reviews 2023
Dave Bibby, 'madcap musical-character-sketch comedy pioneer' (BroadwayWorld.com), is back with a show about parenthood and dinosaurs. Packed with songs, sketches and *ahem* multi award-winning stand-up. 'Could develop cult status' **** (BroadwayBaby.com). Winner: New Online Comedian of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards Audience Favourite, Solo Festival Best Male Act. Finalist: British Comedy Guide Pro Comedian of the Year, Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off! As seen on Channel 4, Netflix, HBO, BBC Radio 4, Comedy Central, Hulu. 'A true performer' (BritishComedyGuide.info) 'Seemingly out of control' **** (LondonTheatre1.com). 'Hilarious' **** (Entertainment-Focus.com) A show 65 million years in the making.
The elevator pitch for Dave Bibby’s Baby Dinosaur is pretty simple. He was going to stage a one-man version of Jurassic Park, but a new baby – and a natural tendency to procrastinate – means he never got the chance to finish it.
Thus it becomes a 30-person project, or however many audience members there are in the room, as we are all roped in to recreate Steve Spielberg’s multi-million-pound blockbuster on a Free Fringe budget.
The show we’re missing seems like it would have been pretty good, given the spirited one-scene sample Bibby offers at the top of the hour, full of daft accents and hammy performance. He can even do the water juddering from the energy of the approaching T-Rex. But the show we do get is undeniably great fun as long as you’re willing to play along with a little – non-scary - audience participation.
We provide sound effects – either en masse or individually – and occasionally someone will be called upon to be one of the characters. But Bibby’s encouraging and enthusiastic, not out to embarrass anybody for taking part in his big game.
He takes a few liberties with the original plot: Elon Musk is now the evil billionaire, the attraction is now not Isla Nublar but an abandoned Mr Blobby theme park, and there are a lot more geese than Michael Crichton ever wrote. It’s all utterly ludicrous even before the addition of some dad jokes and the Blur song reimagined as Jurassic Parklife.
Between these shenanigans, Bibby does a bit of stand-up about new babies, but it’s unremarkable. His talent is instead being something of a Butlin’s redcoat, jollying us all along in mass participation. And that’s meant as a compliment – he’s great at getting us to buy into his nonsense and abandon any reticence to instead revel in the spirit of play sure to bring a smile to your face.