Richard Herring - Christ on a Bike (3 stars)

A disappointing retread of past glories

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This article is from 2010.

Richard Herring - Christ on a Bike

With last year’s show, Hitler Moustache, Richard Herring created a genuinely moving and highly provocative tract about racism, identity and the power of iconography. On the back of an unseemly pre-festival row with The Guardian, he appeared to have his dander up and anger became a fruitful energy for Herring. To bolster the effect of that show, he grew a bona fide toothbrush mouser (as seen in the films of Charlie Chaplin and Leni Riefenstahl) and, apart from the long hair and baggy suit, looked exactly like Adolf Hitler. Or the little tramp, perhaps depending on your particular worldview.

This time around, the hair’s even lanker and, guess what, he looks an awful lot like Jesus of Nazareth. So, there’s a great excuse for him to dip into his own archive and revisit his 2001 Fringe show Christ on a Bike. For Herring , this was a significant moment as it marked his first major foray onto the solo comedy stage and has ultimately acted as the springboard to the hard-earned reputation he has today, a status which, as he stated last week, has finally landed him a room with chandeliers.

But, for all the splendid punning and cavorting around certain daft passages in the Bible – mainly the tedious opening page which would have had publishers demanding a rewrite and the often overlooked bizarre nature of The Ten Commandments – this feels like a stepping stone towards another bigger and better work. For this fan, the saddest indictment of a disappointing show is that the greatest excitement of the evening arrived on flicking through Herring’s by-now annual and very generous programme and seeing a full-page ad for the October DVD release of Hitler’s Moustache.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 30 Aug, 9.45pm, £9.50–£11 (£8–£8.50).

This article is from 2010.

Richard Herring: Christ On A Bike: The Second Coming

  • 60 min

The star of the critically acclaimed Hitler Moustache presents his 27th show. To mark being ten years older than the Messiah when he died Herring, the committed atheist, is revisiting and reworking his first and favourite solo work, Christ On A Bike. Along the way he asks all the great theological questions: Why did Jesus…

Richard Herring - Christ on a Bike: The Second Coming

  • 3 stars

'Jesus was cool, it's just all the people who follow him who are such idiots. He's like the Fonz in that respect.' 'Hitler Moustache' star and avowed atheist resurrects and revamps his first and favourite solo show, exploring his strange obsession and affinity with the Messiah. 'I’m not saying I am Jesus … that is for…

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1. Vile10 Aug 2010, 11:22am4 stars Richard Herring - Christ on a Bike Report

(If you liked Hitler Moustache so much why didn't you give it the 5 stars it deserved?)

Christ on a Bike is easily the funniest thing I have seen so far at this year's Festival. Worth seeing for the lineage-of-Christ routine alone.

Richard Herring is likeable, self-deprecating, thoughtful and very funny.

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