Tim Renkow Tries to Punch Down
- Craig Angus
- 13 August 2018
Stereotypes tackled in brilliant but too-short show
A commonly heard comedy rule is to 'not punch down', which causes Tim Renkow some difficulties. He has cerebral palsy, is from the American south, has both Mexican and Jewish heritage, and has been called every racial slur you can imagine. 'Frankly, I find it insulting', he says. 'I gave you options, officer.'
Renkow's show is a riotous run through the world of stereotypes where nothing is out of bounds. The only downside is an occasional over-reliance on the shock tactics (his 'offensive' ending is odd, given that he's tied the show up already), and a running time that's ten minutes too light. Some shows you wish would hurry up and finish, but this isn't one.
As you'd expect from a comedian of over ten years, Renkow's timing comes naturally, his writing and wordplay strong to boot (the London night bus is 'Lord of the Flies in a tin can'). His sexual anecdotes (not run of the mill stuff) are compelling, and a joke about playing up his disability to avoid paying for things is outstanding, an example of the shock stuff done very well. The room roars with laughter. Punching down certainly works for him.
Monkey Barrel, until 26 Aug (not 15, 22), 8pm, £5 in advance or donations at the venue.