Andrew Lawrence: Uncensored (2 stars)

This article is from 2015

Andrew Lawrence: Uncensored

A rant and a rave about the crippling culture he envisages around him

For the first five minutes, Andrew Lawrence proves his status as a Fringe veteran launching straight into an accomplished quick-fire routine that draws big laughs from the off. Then he makes a rape joke. And then the politics starts. Scorn is heaped on liberals and our ‘crippling PC culture’. Mostly, Lawrence favours a sweeping simplistic statement, the horrors of the Rotherham child abuse scandal are boiled down to people’s fear of being accused as racist while statistics about male eating disorders and suicide are rolled out as evidence against the patriarchy ‘you imagine exists’.

A lot of time is devoted to name-checking other comedians that have challenged him, mostly on social media. Comments from Dara Ó Briain, Stewart Lee and Shappi Khorsandi are all raked over but apart from a joke about Frankie Boyle having a midlife crisis it’s just a dull and lengthy whine about comics ganging up him.

Whether Lawrence is striving to be a right-wing voice in comedy or desperately trying to outrage left-wing thinkers he certainly doesn’t seem to be trying to find any jokes in it. The once loud room, whether in agreement or disagreement with his opinions, just listens quietly.

Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, until 30 Aug (not 24), 8.10pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10).

Andrew Lawrence: Uncensored

  • 2 stars

RBM Subversive and intelligent comedy from a double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee who is about to record his fourth series for BBC Radio 4. This is his 10th show in consecutive years at the Fringe – an hour of honest, fearless and uncompromising stand-up. No joke is unacceptable. No subject off-limits. Absolutely no…