Alan Committie: Fully Committied
- Suzanne Black
- 13 August 2013
This article is from 2013
Competetent delivery. Hackneyed material
If you haven't left the house, watched TV or consumed comedy of any kind for the last twenty-plus years, don't worry. Alan Committie's material about the stringency of airport security, the intricacies of operating an unfamiliar hotel room shower, the inaccuracies of romantic comedies, or the earnestness of dance theatre will catch you up on some of what you've missed and still appear fresh. If you are at all familiar with stand-up comedy, this kind of hackneyed material just won't fly.
A skit involving the work of S&M erotica and recent publishing phenomenon 'Fifty Shades of Grey' at least moves the reference point into this decade, but without much more success.
The heart of Committie's show is the full-on audience 'participation' in which he harangues various individuals. In a quiet venue this was tedious, but would probably go over a lot better with a rowdy crowd of drinkers. It did, however, lead to the biggest laugh of the show at a line delivered, not by Committie, but by a student in the front row.
Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, until 26 Aug, 9.20pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).