Russ Powell: Powell to the People
- Claire Sawers
- 5 August 2013
This article is from 2013
The Brighton native comedian performs with confident and pally style but lacks quality material
An important distinction: Russ Powell is blokey, but not laddy. So he orders his crowd to ‘strap in’, ‘do it’, and ‘get on it’ a few times in the show. He refers to his ‘missus’ and ask things like, ‘am I right lads?’. But please, he points out, that doesn’t mean he should be confused with the macho oiks he runs into regularly – those annoying guys who assume he’s a poof when he tells them he’s from Brighton.
Powell’s a massively charming performer, and minutes in, the crowd is warmed up and willing to follow him wherever he’s going. But despite his talent for self-deprecation (he describes himself as an ‘industrial-sized kid’, who has grown up to look like ‘a Japanese lesbian’ or ‘that kid from Up’), his material wanders too often into ordinary, obvious and LOL-lacking subject matter – Facebook bores, Twitter trolls, telly shows he watches with his missus. And whether it’s conscious or not, it’s hard to turn a deaf ear to the very Gervaisian delivery to a lot of Powell’s lines, which detracts from his otherwise confident and pally style.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 10.45pm, £7.50–£9.50 (£6.50–£9).