The Most Important Show of the Day (2 stars)

An interactive wake-up call

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This article is from 2009.

The Most Important Show of the Day

Riding the waves of recently popularised characters such as Brüno and Borat, Richard Simms is a pint-sized fitness fanatic in an 80s-inspired get-up of fluorescent shorts and leg-warmers. ‘Are you getting enough SECS (Spoken Encouragement Compliments and Support)?’ begins Simms, setting the tone for the silly antics and stream of innuendoes which ensue.

A two-course breakfast is served at intervals, setting the atmosphere somewhere between that of a PE lesson and a cruise ship. The show relies upon audience participation in a series of cringeworthy exercises, from making an invisible smoothie to playing with Simms’ oversized balls (see what I mean?). Simms is a cheery, likeable character, whose inane gags neither offend nor stimulate. That said, if you don’t want to be roped into onstage sphincter clenches it is certainly not advisable to sit at the front. A show that will divide those happy to jig along, and those who would rather tell Simms to jog on.

B’est Restaurant, 556 4448, until 31 Aug (not 15, 22, 29), 10.30am, £20.

This article is from 2009.

Most Important Show of the Day

  • 2 stars

Kick-start your day with Richard Simms, the effervescent fitness guru with athe big heart and tiny shorts. Hilarious health advice, celebrity silliness: nuttier than a bowl of muesli, with added fruit! Breakfast included. Richard Simms, the hugely popular and instantly recognisable guru of self help and exercise, is a…


1. jilly20 Aug 2009, 1:24pm Report

I had a great time at this show - Richard is really funny and comes across as a really nice guy as well. Yes, he gets people to do some silly things, but nothing embarrassing and certainly not "cringeworthy". It's probably a case of whether or not you enjoy participating in a show rather than just passively watching. I thought Richard was really sensitive and tactful, good at noticing who wanted to join in and who preferred to take a back seat. The food was awesome, and it's not like there are dozens of comedy breakfast shows in town to choose from. I found this show the perfect way to start the day! Thanks Richard :-)

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