A decadent and deathly hour of brilliance
This article is from 2010.
It’s common and understandable knowledge that many a comedian harbours homicidal feelings towards their critics whether they happen to be plying their negative trade quietly in print or loudly from the back row. But should a comic really be attempting to off one of his crew during a show? This appears to be the goal of John-Luke Roberts who has indulged in similarly offbeat shenanigans as part of the Gently Progressive Behemoth double act with Nadia Kamil. Having stepped out on his own, Roberts proves to be in possession of an astute and able comic mind and has learned to cut into the more rambly moments in the Behemoth canon to deliver a tight and funny debut solo hour.
Kamil does make a screen appearance as critic Anne Bancroft, a figure of the pair’s previous shows, who has been kidnapped and possibly tortured, and may only be set free if she writes up a five-star review of this show. Roberts opens by pleading with us to ignore the sounds of screaming throughout – of which there are many – but we’re too busy worrying about the insult he may throw at us from his big book of audience insults. A deliciously decadent hour of silly stand-up from a swiftly rising star.
Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 30 Aug, 8.10pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8–£9.50).