The ginger prince reigns supreme
This article is from 2007.
In some ways it would be difficult to imagine an encounter between Frankie Boyle and Jimmy Carr, what with them being, arguably, the two finest gag tellers in contemporary British stand-up comedy. How, you wonder, can they have a chat when they must be bursting at their creative seams, trying to concoct the perfect one-liner or summon up the most offensive jibe to fit the moment? In other ways, it’s rather more easy to picture them in the same room because, well, they often are thanks to their duties on Channel 4’s 8 Out of 10 Cats.
Fans of that show and the Beeb’s Mock the Week will be hauntingly familiar with some of the jokes rattled out by Boyle in this blistering show under the name of Morons, I Can Heal You. No subject is off limits, whether it’s paedophilia, the failed terror attacks on Glasgow Airport (and boy, does he have some scorching material on that event), Prince Harry, the London Olympics, disability, the English (‘they have two Lake Districts now’) or, mercifully, the Scottish. And nor is a front row punter cocooned from the jovial stab of Boyle’s lance or his piercing Woody Woodpecker giggle. Whether you attempt to stare him out or, conversely, look down at your partner’s shoes, neither strategy will succeed when the caustic ginger prince is prowling his natural domain.
While I’m sure that the vast majority of this show will be intact come the end of the month, I’d be amazed if Boyle isn’t working on a new joke every day to chuck into the mix, so keen is he on reflecting the here and now. If ever there was a comic to prick the zeitgeist till it explodes, Frankie Boyle is the one.
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