Geoff Norcott: Conswervative (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

Geoff Norcott: Conswervative

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Possibly the Fringe comedy scene's only outed Tory voter makes his case with skill and wit

Geoff Norcott is a Conservative voter and wants to tell you why. It's not certain that he succeeds in this mission, but he has lots of fun trying, using anecdotes from his life on a slightly iffy estate, a career in teaching and in a Social Security office, his dad's disability and his mum's epic Trotter-family dodginess.

While you may disagree with just about everything he says, it's difficult to deny this is a funny, sharp and well-polished show. Norcott delivers his material with confidence, style and a self-knowledge that undercuts the audience's objections so well that in his 'heckling amnesty' section, the only question offered was factual. How often are other stand-ups asked to be honest, let alone offer a section to do so?

And, as he pointed out after trying to extemporise a false equivalence between social spending on mobility scooters to defence spending on tanks: 'I'm a Tory, we make things up. It's fine now.' There is more than plenty in his act to take issue with, but the structure of Conswervative is so sound that even an inhaled hiss of disbelief late in the hour is turned into a big laugh.

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Geoff Norcott: Conswervative

  • 4 stars

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