Garrett Millerick: Sensible Answers to Stupid Questions
Shouty, ranty set about popular culture
This article is from 2012.
The last thing festival audiences want is to sit in a cramped, boiling hot venue and have a comic shout at them. When this is done ironically, it can actually make matters worse, as it masks real and fairly broad anger and contempt.
For large portions of semi-newcomer (and Stewart Lee soundalike) Garrett Millerick’s show, scorn powers a lot of the writing. He lashes out at young people, popular Facebook culture and twattish executive types who have closed the door on previous opportunities. There are many things Millerick wants to make clear he is not: a Tory-voting toff simply because he went to boarding school; a huge fan of the Internet despite using phrases like ‘Twitterverse’; a hater of religion regardless of showing zero tolerance for anything he finds mildly annoying. These observations start out light-hearted and harmless, and there are some remarks about his time at school worth salvaging. But the show descends into tedium after Millerick delivers too many of the stories the same way: loudly.
Underbelly Bristo Square, 545 8252, until 27 Aug (not 15), 11pm, £9.50-£8.50 (£8.50-£7.50).