Wil Hodgson: Care Bear Punk

Review by Kirsten Innes | 10 Aug 2012
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Care Bear Punk is a greatest hits collection of material from Wil Hodgson's previous years at the Fringe. However, gone is his bright pink hair and Pat Butcher style leopard-print jacket, replaced by jeans and a Jessie J t-shirt.

The good weather appears to have put people off sitting indoors to watch comedy and, as a result, today's crowd is small, but appreciative. It's difficult not to be with Hodgson's conversational style and relaxed attitude.

The set mainly consists of anecdotes from Hodgson's childhood, as well as stories about the night-life of Chippenham, his home town. He is an immensely likeable storyteller and some of the best material comes from his memories of his father's former workmate and infamous hard man, Nobby Webb. One such tale serves as a stark reminder that some people are apparently made of steel.


As with previous years, the descriptions of a 2am Chippenham don't exactly paint it as the most forward-thinking town, and some of the characters invovled sound more intimidating than the nonchalance in which they are described initially suggests.

A set of nostalgic stories doesn't sound particularly revolutionary, and it isn't. However, Hodgson is such a natural that it's hard to feel cheated in any way by this thoroughly entertaining hour.

Wil Hodgson: Care Bear Punk, the Canons' Gait, until 26 Aug, 2.25pm, Free http://www.freefringeforum.org/event.php?event=1324&sid=04782a381c3e9264178aaaa642c4e387