Nathan Dean Williams (2 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Nathan Dean Williams

Twisted pick ‘n’ mix

A clown accidentally sending a child into anaphylactic shock. A bullied teacher forcing chocolate cake into the mouth of a sex doll he calls ‘mummy’. A put-upon husband dressing up like Velma from Scooby Doo to meet the demands of his dominatrix wife. These are just a few of the monologues that Nathan Dean Williams has crammed into his hour of dark comedy from the very fringes of bad taste.

Every scatty costume change brings with it a wave of disgusted giggles as Williams transforms from man to woman and back again. The initial laughs as each character is revealed make up the best bits of this rollercoaster show as, after just a few minutes, every one of Williams’ weirdos manages to outstay his or her welcome.

The performance is more than shambolic, it’s deranged, and lacks the jokes that would help the audience to not mind being covered in cake and spit. Some well-chosen turns of phrase, and one exceptional performance of the dance routine from Beyoncé’s ‘Girls’, rescue a show that otherwise takes League of Gentleman-style creepiness to unnecessary extremes.

The Store, 556 5375, until 28 Aug (not 16), 8pm, £6.50–£7.50 (£5–£6).

Nathan Dean Williams presents… 'The Buffet'

  • 2 stars

'A filthy, twisted Alan Bennett for the jilted generation' The Fix. Prince of the poignantly perverse, Nathan Dean Williams presents… 'the buffet'. A character show with a difference, combining delectably dark character storytelling with comedy, theatre, cabaret and film. Twisted tales of love, sex, death, castration…


1. The voice of experience11 Aug 2011, 11:14am Report

Don't believe much of what you read in The List's review of Nathan Dean William's show The Buffet. Nathan's comedic talent is masterful. His characters are beautifully crafted to create vibrant pictures of the lives of some fascinating misfits. The laughs may not roll as they would in a stand-up show but the depth of characterisation and storytelling skills are sensational. When I saw the show the audience laughed a lot, from beginning to end. I would cut nothing, indeed the words are so carefully crafted it would be difficult to know what should go. All hail Nathan Dean Williams.

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