Clash of the Comedy Clairvoyants

“We know what you are thinking”

In the past I have been to the Leicester Square Theatre or its predecessor, The Venue, to see a comedy play.  Although there are still a few short running shows like Stickman, the children’s musical by Julia Donaldson, you are more likely to go there to see twice nightly stand up and comic shows.  Many famous TV names are there on one or two nights, the most famous of whom is Ricky Gervais. 

You know that you are in a theatre that sells lots of beer as your rubber soles and heels of your shoes are glued to the carpet under foot and make a sucking noise as you attempt to lift them free. 

Clinton Baptiste is a creation of Alex Lowe who in a divine full length blonde wig and the diamanté dress sense of the late Liberace becomes the psychic, clairvoyant and medium, Clinton Baptiste.  He was a part of Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights and also known as Barry from Watford.  

In this show, he specialises in picking on members of the audience, getting their first name wrong, exploring other first names until he eventually gets them to tell him what it is.  At that point he says, “Yes, of course ….. Kevin!”  Having firmly established his charlatan credentials, he then proceeds to get a spiritualist message revealing some crude, bogus, sexual secret about his victim.  I loved his qualification from the University of the Third Eye!

Of course this all is very well received by the audience for whom the filthier, the better!  A curious vocal effect is that Clinton switches from a manly baritone speaking voice to a squeaky squeal mid sentence.  This high pitched voice has been described as “a piglet in a meat grinder.”  It’s enough to turn you vegan!

I was getting a bit jaded by Clinton’s sexual one liners and so was relieved to find that Ramone was a real person and not one of Clinton Baptiste’s alternative personae.  Ramone makes a relatively late entrance, wearing a Lisa Minelli bobbed wig but I much preferred his entrance after the interval in the full Brian May!  He is described as the love child of Lisa Minelli and Pete Burns. 

Ramone is Scottish comedian and actor Lewis MacLeod and Clinton Baptiste’s nemesis.  MacLeod has good experience at other folks’ voices and his Terry Wogan impression had me totally convinced!  There is Olympic style ribbon twirling, I can’t remember why?  And Star Wars adventure until they both channel Bruce Forsythe and his fist to forehead stance. 

It is the opposites of the characters that causes the friction, and humour between Clinton and Ramone. The first half is the interaction between the two and the audience, the second between themselves including short take offs of well known people together with mock fights involving blow-up props. The stage is simple, the lighting effective.

As with any stand-up comedy act, its success, or otherwise, involves audience involvement in the jokes. The show was well attended and the audience enjoyed it.  Clinton Baptiste vs Ramone continues to tour until early December.

Production Notes

Clinton Baptiste vs Ramone
Written by Alex Lowe and Lewis MacLeod



Alex Lowe

Lewis MacLeod



 Running Time: Two hours with one interval


Reviewed by Malcolm Beckett

at the Leicester Square Theatre 

on  22nd October 2022


On Tour to:


Tues 25th Oct    Barrow In Furness          The Forum  

Weds 26th Oct  Barnsley                         Civic Theatre  

Thurs 27th Oct   Halifax               Victoria Theatre

Fri 28th Oct       Coventry             Albany Theatre    

Sat 29th Oct      Basingstoke          Haymarket   

Wed 2nd Nov   Liverpool                 Hot Water Comedy Club   

Thur 3rd Nov   Burnley                    Mechanics 

Fri 4th Nov      Newcastle                Tyne Theatre    

Sat 5th Nov     Bolton                      Albert Hall  

Wed 9th Nov    Nottingham              Glee Club

Thurs 10th Nov  Sheffield                  Memorial Hall   

Fri 11th Nov       Kendal                     Brewery Arts Centre   

Sat 12th Nov     Lytham St Annes        Lowther Pavilion

Sun 13th Nov    Billingham                   Forum 

Thurs 17th Nov   Gravesend             Woodville Theatre 

Fri 18th Nov       Cambridge             Junction  

Sat 19th Nov       Hove                    Old Market Theatre 

Sun 20th Nov      Frome                  Cheese & Grain 

Wed 23rd Nov     Birmingham           Town Hall

Thurs 24th Nov   Ilkley        King’s Hall                                           

Fri 25th Nov        York                      Barbican 

Sat 26th Nov       Lancaster             Grand  

Tues 29th Nov     Edinburgh            The Stand  

Wed 30th Nov     Glasgow                Glee Club 

Thurs 1st Dec     Blackpool                   Tower 

Sun 4th Dec        London                      Shepherds Bush Empire