Decent material and delivery in lively and likeable comic's rant against porn
This article is from 2013.
The subtitle of the lively, likeable London-based comic’s show, Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature, alludes to both its theme (pornography) and its content (monologues about shagging). Goldstein’s thesis is that porn, primarily internet-based material, is bad, not just because it degrades women and provides youngsters with an unhealthy introduction to sex, but also because abusing himself while using it has had a negative affect on Goldstein’s, how shall we put this, cocksmanship.
The material and delivery is decent enough, but there’s something a bit disingenuous about Goldstein’s show. As the comic takes us through his not uneventful life so far – running his dad’s Spanish strip-club, giving it up to move to New York to become an actor – it becomes increasingly clear Goldstein’s is less interested in delivering a diatribe against porn than he is reminiscing over the foursome he almost had with an underage girl, a mate and a lesbian in the Big Apple during a blackout.
No doubt that was, for Goldstein, an unforgettable experience, but he gives it an inappropriate amount of attention in the context of a rant against porn.
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