Coming of age set from a comic who tests his audience
This article is from 2007.
Life may be said to begin at 40, but judging by the pained expression upon Richard Herring’s face on the poster for this year’s show (entitled Oh Fuck, I’m 40), he may be entering his next decade with some degree of scepticism. ‘The show is ostensibly about the idea of being on one’s own and being selfish but also being allowed to do other things which don’t quite fit into that,’ he says. ‘That could mean anything really, but as long as I address the fact that I’m 40 at some point it’ll be fine.’
Whether the reaction of his audience will be fine is another matter. He’s done pretty well in upsetting members of his crowd in recent times with everything from jokes about having sex with the stigmata of Jesus and for deliberately performing routines way beyond their natural life span. ‘What’s exciting about stand-up is it’s about what’s happening in that room and how you can get pushed in certain directions. I’ve been ad libbing and things get more and more graphic and you think: “I can’t do anything worse than that”, but then you think you can and end up making a joke about the worst thing that could happen.’
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