Andrew Lawrence gets a few things off his chest (4 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Andrew Lawrence gets a few things off his chest

The end result is some high-pitched and hilarious rantings

Andrew Lawrence claims he doesn’t have a grand theme or gimmick to his show: he just wants to get a few things off his chest. Boy, does he want to get a few things off his chest. With most comedians you start to sweat for them after half an hour, concerned they’ll run out of material. The opposite is true with Andrew Lawrence: you begin to fear for the people being showered with bile in the front row.

The brilliance of Lawrence’s act lies within its relentlessness. If he has an itch he doesn’t just scratch it, he worries at it until it bleeds. His whinging would be wearying were it not for the fact that his targets are generally deserving of the vitriol. A gifted mimic, he effortlessly conjures up his obnoxious Aussie promoter, his Brummie ex-housemate and his long-suffering girlfriend, while TV execs, dentists and purveyors of unhealthy breakfast cereals are all the subjects of his rantings. All of which are delivered at breakneck speed in a high-pitched monotone that would peel paper from the wall.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 16), 9.20pm, £10–£11.50 (£8.50–£10).

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1. B-Boy9 Aug 2010, 1:15pm Report

Went along to see him knowing there was a bar inside this particular venue where I've been able to pick up a drink the last three years running but no - Andrew doesn't allow anyone to buy a drink there and had requested that the bar was shut. Out we went out to quickly pick up a couple of pints expecting the usual ripping on the way back in only to find that he doesn't allow anyone in late. At all.

A specific request from the comic - not the fault of the lovely Pleasance staff at all who were very understanding.

And it was my friends birthday. Thanks Andrew you miserable git.

2. Sally Carter9 Aug 2010, 1:36pm Report

It is the staff's fault I'm afraid, they should have told you that it was no latecomers when you left to get drinks. It is entirely the performer's right to request that they don't want the noise from the bar affecting their performance and / or the noise of people coming in late and / or the noise of a very busy courtyard filtering in as well. Why should other people's enjoyment of a show be marred by people who can't be bothered to turn up on time. The big venues have very tight turnaround times for shows coming out and going in, it simply isn't possible for shows to hang around waiting for people to come. Equally when performers overrun and affect start times for others and audiences, they are rightly villified for it.

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4. B-Boy9 Aug 2010, 3:23pm Report

I arrived early - in fact I was the third person in the queue. Apologies for not being a mind reader Sally/ Hazeleeno but he's the only comedian to have ever not had the bar open in my experience. Maybe if he'd had that on the ticket I would have got a drink before hand!

Either way I still got shafted for over £20 worth of tickets with no come back.

Not only that but (from my friends who were in the venue) Andrew started late 5 minutes late. Hypocrisy as well as intolerance of the temporally challenged it seems...

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