- Emma Newlands
- 7 August 2008
This article is from 2008.
Schoolboy whimsy misses the mark
What do you get if you combine misanthropy and anthropology, as Lloyd Langford promises at the start of his routine? The answer is a disappointingly mixed bag of punchlines from the baby-faced and constantly chipper 24-year-old. The material, delivered in a gentle, singsong Welsh lilt, constructs a self-deprecating, easy-going persona who states that he avoids confrontation at all costs. 'I don't want to be edgy or offensive,' he insists at one point. 'I just want to make people laugh.'
But this rings hollow for the scripted riffs on rape, disability and paedophilia, which cross the line on more than one occasion, and prompt one audience member to walk out just as a disapproving hush enters the room. Controversial material has its place in the hands of an experienced and subversive stand-up who wants to challenge the audience's perceptions. But when it morphs into schoolboy jokes then something has definitely gone awry.
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