Comedy review: David Mills: Shame!

If a Southern drawl could walk like a man, it'd be David Mills.

Star rating: ***

Venue: Underbelly, George Square (Venue 300)

The US cabaret veteran has the driest of deliveries, first heard as he welcomes audience members into the intimate setting of the Wee Coo to the sound of disco classics. This raises the obvious fear that audience members will be required to dance, but no, Mills has his narrative and “I’m not sharing my stage with anybody”.

Which is a good thing, not just for the dead of rhythm, but for anyone wanting to hear the inside story of life on a big film set – the immaculately tailored Mills appeared in Meryl Streep movie Florence Foster Jenkins. Somehow we guess his part was Gay Best Friend. Mills tells us how he shared a scene with Hugh Grant and Rebecca Ferguson. How the latter gave him coaching in the face of a director interested only in Grant.

She was obviously his new best friend! Or not...

It all makes for a fun hour, as Mills invites us into his world of waspishness, revealing that while he’s a single man, his boyfriend disagrees. There’s a terrific bit of business involving a gathering of the love-seeking Sons and Daughters of Stars (or Saddos). So who’s Mills’ celebrity parent? That’s for the man himself to tell you.


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