Geoff Norcott Occasionally Sells Out (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Geoff Norcott Occasionally Sells Out

Friendly verve and wit for the openly Tory comic

Now this isn’t something you see on a comedy stage every day. As a Christian and a Tory (albeit one with vague doubts about his twin faiths), Norcott is quite an anomaly within the British stand-up circuit. When he admits to being on David Cameron’s side (while conceding that the PM might be a bit of a knob), the intake of breath might be similar for those who felt icky at Matt Forde’s previous Fringe love letter to Tony Blair. Still, fear not, he might look and sound like a City boy on a day off but his conservatism is very much of the soft variety.

As the show is called Occasionally Sells Out, it partly concerns the kind of gigs he’s played from Skegness to Benidorm (‘I’m the chavvy Michael Palin’) and the tragic showbiz figures he’s encountered along the way, giving him pause for thought about his own career trajectory. Norcott lays out his arguments with a friendly verve and wit, and proves how adept he has become at holding a crowd, even one that might be at odds with his belief systems.

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Geoff Norcott Occasionally Sells Out

  • 3 stars

Charlotte Hamilton Artist Management. Nominated for Best New Show at 2013 Dave's Leicester Comedy Festival. Geoff Norcott is the antidote to atheist, leftie comedians. Sometimes a stand-up hits a point where he has to stop tickling tummies and say what he really thinks. This is that point. He's brought lots of laughs too…