Simon Evans: Dressing for Dinner (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Simon Evans: Dressing for Dinner

Brusque stand-up is both funny and educational

Where's this loud, posh man going with all his curmudgeonly observations about 'non-robust' young people nowadays? Actually, despite his brusque style, it's going somewhere very good, but his intricate storytelling technique is built around a few crucial surprises, so the less said about those, the better. His desire to better understand the trans community, for example, may at first seem like he's just having a pop, when in fact he's far more generous than his haughty accent might mislead you to believe.

As a stand-up comedian, he's well placed to understand identity issues, he says, and makes well-informed points about bio essentialism and homophobia. Now in his 50s, he's actually poking fun at his own 'cis het' traits: 'a whatty what?' asks someone in his middle-class, middle-aged audience. Evans confirms with a show of hands that the vast majority of his crowd are over 40, so this set often seems like an educational hour for his peers, who are also trying to understand the rise of IVF births, drop in testosterone levels and increase in what he calls 'wine aunts'. The commentary on his family photos is gorgeous, and his sense of wonder at various points is contagious, but maybe his decision to keep in the classist Geordie jokes needs a rethink?

Assembly George Square Studios, until 25 Aug, 8.15pm, £13–£14 (£12–£13).

Simon Evans: Dressing for Dinner

  • 3 stars

Simon Evans presents another "magnificently pessimistic" (The List) look at modern life and what the hell has gone wrong, in his brand new show Dressing For Dinner. This year, in a similarly splenetic vein, he scrutinises the departure of tradition, convention and formality from life - public, private and especially…