Laurence Clark: Moments of Instant Regret
Much to enjoy in humourous show with clever twist
This article is from 2014.
We all have regrets in life. But Laurence Clark has so much of his own share that he can get a full hour out of his Moments of Instant Regret. Among the swathe of cringeworthy incidents that presumably have him waking up in the night in a cold sweat are the time he was mean to a waiter (albeit they definitely started it) and the time he sunk his teeth into a copper: we’ve all been there, right?
But the show centres around a moment of public shame at a Richard Herring gig where he reacted badly to a routine in which the comedian appeared to be having a go at the disabled: written down, it certainly looks bad, but anyone who knows the work of Herring (and Clark at one point calls him his ‘hero’) would know the convoluted circles of irony that most of his words bash around in.
No matter, as Clark has his imaginary monkey friend, Chip, keeping him right (for the show, this symbol of Clark’s conscience is up on screen as an animated simian). Although people’s poor attitudes towards Clark and his wheelchair are the trigger for a number of these incidents, he doesn’t always manage to maintain the moral high ground, and this clash is where his show’s humour lies.
For anyone with a passing interest in Fringe comedy, the show’s twist won’t be exactly be up there alongside The Usual Suspects, but there’s so much to enjoy in a Laurence Clark show, that anyone mentioning it would immediately wish they hadn’t brought it up.
Assembly George Square, 623 3030, until 24 Aug, 7.20pm, £9-£10 (£8--£9).