Liam Williams (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Liam Williams

Member of sketch show Sheeps performs intelligent and inventive material

On Williams' poster the text is written upside down. No surprise then that his debut solo hour of stand up is deliberately obtuse. That could be greatly annoying but as it turns out he can back up this insistence to be different with an intelligent hour of inventive material. Though there are elements to the performance that could be tightened up there's a sense of great promise here.

Anyone who has seen him previously as a third of the sketch troupe Sheeps won't be surprised at the innovation but Williams also shamelessly embraces verbosity. It's with a distinctly lyrical ear and a liking for the random that he tells of his 25 year old life. His London inertia, bobbing back to the parents in the suburbs when the money runs out, his dead granddad, his book apparently inspired by Catcher in the Rye.

His stage persona is affected yet simultaneously a touch shambolic, things frequently go flying on his stage and there's a feeling that the style is still coming together. But it'll get there. Definitely one to keep a close eye on.

Just the Tonic at The Tron, 556 5375, until 25 Aug, 10.20pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).

Liam Williams

  • 4 stars

The Invisible Dot Ltd. Lyrical anti-lad Liam Williams snarls out his sulky debut. An hour of soul-smithied jokes and negative energy. May he keep his demons and his eczema at bay. 'Massively talented … his intelligence and command of language lifts him above his peers' ( 'We're expecting this to be a…