Comedy review: Charlie Baker - Freshly Baked, Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), Edinburgh

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CHARLIE Baker is, he confesses early on in this show, confident. And he has a great deal to be confident about. Fans will be delighted to know that, yes, he sings and dances a little.

Charlie Baker Freshly Baked

Pleasance Courtyard (venue 33)

Rating: ***

Mostly he tells us about himself, his Devon childhood, full of love and food, his family history and Gypsy blood, his introduction to the art and craft of things sexual, his marriage and his dalliance with the half marathon.

Baker is an irresistibly friendly presence. And, as the stories and observations roll out in that creamy Devonian burr, the overwhelming feeling is that we are getting the real thing here. And that feels nice. But it does make the sections of the hour that shoe-horn in laughs sit uncomfortably. But Baker is a wonderfully warm teller of tales. His observations are freshly minted and personal, and his plangent lament for the good old dangerous days of parks and playgrounds struck a chord, I think, with everyone in the room. I enjoyed my hour with Charlie Baker. I am sure you would too. Just don’t ever ask him to sponsor you to climb Kilimanjaro.

• Until 26 August. Today 7:15pm.