Alan Committie: Fully Committied (2 stars)

This article is from 2013

Alan Committie: Fully Committied

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).

Alan Committie: Fully Committied

  • 2 stars

Alan Committie and Assembly. Top South African comedian Alan Committie shares his comic madness bouncing between the surreal and cereal! Fully Committied shows why contemporary dance is the solution to every problem, how 50 Shades of Grey is a superb educational tool, the frustration of a perfect golf putt, movie love…