The Thinking Drinkers’ Guide To The Legends Of Liquor
- Claire Sawers
- 24 August 2015
This article is from 2015
A thoughtless blokey fiesta of booze and bad gags
Uh oh. What we have here is a cheery sausagefest with free booze chucked in; a kind of live and liquid version of Nuts magazine. It’s ‘the show that celebrates alcohol’ and where’s the harm in that? Plenty when it turns out that the humour is a cross between a Christmas cracker and the stuff you’d find in a student union bar after too many vodka Red Bulls. Think groan-inducing puns (‘Shakespeare walks into a bar: “You’re bard!”’), panto-level piss, fart and bare-bum jokes, casual homophobia (two lads holding hands? So weird it must be hilarious!), Top Gear references and lines about snooker and darts.
As they list famous drinkers throughout history, women are conspicuous by their absence until around 45 minutes in (besides a gag about James Bond fingering foreign girls), when our dapper hosts Tom and Ben decide to do some wind-up material for the ladies featuring them being moody and liking kittens.
The fact they dish out trays of free booze (vodka, bourbon, whisky and beer are all included in the ticket price) definitely helps pass the time, and might explain the packed audiences. But looking at the script, even with beer goggles on, what where the Thinking Drinkers thinking?
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 6.40pm, £10–£12.50 (£9–£11.50).