Challenging double standards
This article is from 2007.
Nick Doody’s debut show last year was a deeply passionate affair. Losing his Catholic faith, American politics and scary clown nightmares were all eloquently dissected and the critics lauded it. No pressure with the second outing, then. ‘For the first you have your entire experience as a stand-up to draw on and now you have to write a completely new hour. It’s that difficult second album.’
Continuing in a similar theme to last year, ‘Hypocrite varies from inconsistent morals to the full-on double standards of people who apply one rule to themselves and another to everyone else.’ Plus there will be the more subtle hypocrisy of social niceties. ‘There’s a bit about not knowing what to say about other people’s babies. I mean, you wouldn’t give me your best vase to hold, it’s safer on the shelf; I’ve got the shakes. And all those things you’re meant to say, like “isn’t she gorgeous” which you’d stop saying by the time she’s 13.’
Should the final result stray too far from the point, he has a get-out clause. ‘If I end up with a show that isn’t really about hypocrisy, but I’ve called it Hypocrite, well, that’s me being a hypocrite.’
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