Stephen K Amos: The Feelgood Factor
Losing the feelgood factor
This article is from 2009.
Irony is the currency of modern comedy, and Stephen K Amos’ show is undoubtedly an ironic experience; just not, perhaps, in the way he intended. Although it’s pitched as a feelgood experience, his hour turns out to be a very dispiriting one indeed. The beginning is deceptively promising, with rotating glitter balls and energetic dancers. So far, so light entertainment, and Amos promises the show will deliver ‘exactly what it says on the tin’.
Some say that performing to 800 people in a venue the size of an aircraft hangar is comedy napalm, as if the entertainer has swapped credibility for cash in a pact with the devil. Yet other performers can play to a crowd this size and keep the material fresh while catering to a mass audience. Not so here, with tired observations about the weather and childhood that have been done better elsewhere. Amos is clearly a force field of good-hearted charisma, and has his sights set high, merrily announcing that he’s been given his own TV show. But his promise that ‘at the end of the show you will all have felt good’ sadly remains unfulfilled.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug (not 18), 9.40pm, £14–£15 (£12.50–£13.50).