Nick Page: My Glorious Hypothetical Life as a Eunuch (4 stars)

Well-delivered catalogue of misanthropy and bad behaviour

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This article is from 2012.

Nick Page: My Glorious Hypothetical Life as a Eunuch IMAGE ARRIVING 4.30PM

It's lucky for us and a consolation for Page that he has such a history of being an asshole from which to draw for his stand up material. With a dry, defeated demeanour he tells us that, even after academic failure, three broken marriages and seven cul-de-sac engagements – plus some brushes with the law and appearances on daytime TV – he's still not sorted himself out. Is hard to tell how much of this is exaggerated for comedic effect – as he points out, who would choose to attend Aberystwyth University? – but each anecdote is certainly squeezed for full entertainment value.

His delivery is spot on, each line carefully crafted with full consideration to tone and lexicon. He plays the disinterested misanthrope well too – he has no interest in talking to the audience, and banter that is generated only serves to get to the next bit of material. Despite his best efforts though, it’s still possible to feel sorry for him, especially when he excitably goes to pick up a parcel only to receive a Dear John breeze block with his girlfriend's house key attached and an excess postage bill. Then again, wait til you hear what he did to deserve it.

The Shack, 226 0000, until 25 Aug (not 13), 3.30pm, £8 (£6).

This article is from 2012.

Nick Page: My Glorious Hypothetical Life As a Eunuch

  • 4 stars

Nick Page has squandered more opportunities than most people will ever have. A daytime TV career ended by a rocking horse based sex scandal and a massive fraud conviction, a publishing deal dashed on the rocks of petty revenge, a radio show undertaken for a dubious seduction and a life spent running from disaster to…

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