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Orlando Fringe review: 'Michael Winslow: Noizeyman, featuring Jose Sarduy'

It's unusual to begin a review with a warning but I must point out that although "Michael Winslow: Noizeyman" is rated G for general audiences, this show deserves a solid M for mature. That's due mostly to comedian Jose Sarduy, who spends the first 20 or so minutes telling jokes about Hispanics, sex, butts and genitalia. If this uninspired crudeness is your sort of thing, I suppose you'd find it funny. It's most definitely not my sort of thing, and I didn't laugh — especially at the grandmother-rape "joke."

The main attraction, though, is Michael Winslow, known from the "Police Academy" movie franchise as the man of a thousand voices. More like 10,000 voices with the funny sounds that emanate from his throat. He frames his act with so-so comedy bits, but it's the noises that make an impression.

An extended skit on an airplane lets him sound like a squeaky snack cart, the flight-attendant call button and most amazingly, the jet itself — at takeoff, cruising altitude and from that annoying seat next to the engines.

Winslow imitates Louis Armstrong and Led Zeppelin with style.

If you close your eyes in a story about an unusual restaurant, you can visualize dinner being made from the sounds: all the way from calling the chicken over to its sizzle in the frying pan.

Most fun of all: When Winslow provides dialogue and sound effects — switching effortlessly between the two — for a scene from "Star Wars." Yes, he can even sound like an X-wing fighter.

60 mins. Rated G (should be M). Orange venue.

Showtimes:

5-24, 6 p.m.

5-25, 7:15 p.m.

5-26, 2 p.m.

 

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