The Man (2 stars)

Rants and raves about the most obvious modern ills

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This article is from 2015.

The Man

Credit: Ben McMillan

A promising voiceover sets the scene, transporting the audience to Speaker’s Corner, Hyde Park’s famous free-speech spot. Then onto the stage bounds The Man, face painted into a yellow happy acid grin, wearing a black rubber suit with yellow braces and Doc Marten boots. He’s here to soapbox about stuff that’s really pissing him off and a bilious hour follows. His rants revolve around modern ills such as corruption in the Catholic church, needless wars, the cult of Apple, First versus Third World problems, the Age of Kardashian etc.

The Man’s delivery is deliberately unhinged, believing ‘you can’t always play devil’s advocate, sometimes you need to play the devil instead’, but the extreme zaniness quickly begins to grate. Although he has a pop at the sanctimonious and self-righteous, it’s hard not to feel a bit preached down to, especially when he launches into incandescent tirades against WMDs and bad primetime telly, seemingly assuming the audience won’t have already clocked the obvious evils of such things or even be on his side.

Maybe there just aren’t enough new thoughts provoked here to make it good spoken word, or enough laughs to make it good comedy. Paying a tenner for such (un)free speech could rapidly feel like a shocking First World injustice.

Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 30 Aug (not 17), 10.30pm, £10 (£9).

This article is from 2015.

The Man

  • 2 stars

Barking Mad Comedy Come see the birth of a true modern jester, a voice for the people. The Man is a punchy and surreal atomisation of the shadowy controlling forces that shape our modern world. A lone vigilante, The Man ploughs through sacred cows like an allegorical abattoir, doing for preconceptions what battering…

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1. SeanB10 Aug 2015, 8:35am Report

From the review here, this show clearly is not for everyone, but I have been lucky enough to see it a couple of times and I LOVED IT! I'd even be daring enough to say that it's one of the most thrilling shows I've ever witnessed in eight years of going to the fringe. There are few comedians or crazed court jesters tackling the sort of subjects touched upon by 'the man' (almost like a cross between Bill Hicks and an alien) and if you want to see an hour of free thinking brilliance - a masterwork of social-political comedy theatre, you won't steer far wrong with this.

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