Impressionist proves a hit

FLEXIBLE FACE Phil Cool  performed in front of a full house at The Square Chapel for the Arts in Halifax.

FLEXIBLE FACE Phil Cool performed in front of a full house at The Square Chapel for the Arts in Halifax.

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Review: Phil Cool, Square Chapel, Halifax, By Gail Waddington

Phil Cool was a big hit in the 80’s, and with impressive names such as John Culshaw and Alistair McGowan crediting him with inspiring their careers it demonstrates just how apt the term ‘cult icon’ is..

You Tube et al have kept him going for a new generation but the question was what would he be like in the flesh? Before anyone else got in he made the joke himself about looking older- but don’t we all?

Cool is known for his amazingly flexible face and he introduced it by showing what happens when too much plastic surgery renders ones face immobile.

His impressions ‘Major’ on politicians- Bush, Brown, Blair, Barack and John.

A great skit on ‘Bushism’s’ was fun.

However, there is more to his repertoire and he loves to mix things up, showing off his outrageous talent with ‘impressions of impressions’- David Beckham as Dirty Harry, Paul McCartney as John Lennnon!

With the aid of a couple of props his metamorphosis into Rolf Harris was so lifelike it felt more like a possession.

He showed his quirky side through a bizarre conversation between David Attenborough and a dolphin - with a glass of water- which was brilliant.

He also had a big fistful of one liners - mainly not printable in a family newspaper!

There are rumours of a new TV show. He may need to ‘do’ some ‘new’ people to appeal to a younger audience but the full house suggested it’s well worth a try!

lMore comedy is in store at The Victoria Theatre tomorrow night with a performance of Seven Ages. The show received standing ovations and five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Festival.

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