Jeff Leach: A Leach On Society (2 stars)

This article is from 2011.

Jeff Leach: A Leach On Society

Energetic gross-out comedy with possibly divisive material

After a promisingly energetic opening, Leach lost momentum due to drunken heckling and had trouble getting the audience onside. His material, dealing mostly with emergent sexuality and humiliating experiences, is divisive and makes for uncomfortable tittering, rather than belly laughs. And he totally lost his crowd in a gross-out finale.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 29 Aug (not 19–21), 11pm, £8–£9.50 (£7–£8.50).

Jeff Leach: A Leach On Society

  • 2 stars

Jeff Leach (star of Big Brother's Big Mouth, BBC Switch, Virgin Media On Demand, Current TV) bares his soul and reveals all in this unrelenting and gratuitous insight into his sordid private life. Cultivating the habit of laughter, sharing stories of heart break, drink and drug follies, piles, fear of female ejaculation…


1. Redlassie20 Aug 2011, 2:18am Report

I have to disagree with the reviewer.

I thought Jeff handled the heckler very well, as she tried to take over the show. Yes the show was about his sexuality, but it was a late night show, and advertised as being about sex, so the audience would be expecting that, and he delivered it well, in a unique style.

I think it took a lot of courage to start a show dressed only in Y fronts and a sandwich board, and I don't feel he lost the audience at all, in fact many of them stayed behind outside the venue to chat to him afterwards.

To me, he was a breath of fresh air, and offered something quite different.

2. Big G from White Abbey20 Aug 2011, 2:49am Report

I saw Jeff last year at the free fringe, for a 10 minute sketch, and my sides were sore from laughing.

As I am registered blind, and most of his show is vocal, I found it to be right up my street.

I wasn't able to attend his full show last year as I was leaving Edinburgh the next day, so I was delighted when my girlfriend told me that he was back this year, and I asked her to get us tickets.
His show was everything I expected, it was brilliant, and one of the best I have seen this year, and I have been to many ticketed shows and free ones, watching 3-4 shows a day.

I would recommend his show to anyone broad minded who has a sense of humour. I also thought he handled the heckler well, as he had given her a few previous warnings.

For me, the finale far from being "gross", was the best part of the show, and exactly what I had come to see, as I remembered it from last year. He is a one off and hilarious. I will be back next year.

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