Ari Shaffir: Ari S-P-E-C-T (4 stars)

A gleeful and brutal hour of mischievous banter

Ari Shaffir: Ari S-P-E-C-T

As Ari Shaffir notes at the top of his show, he's here to deliver it 'American style', with a straight-forward hour of solid gags and no theme. He certainly delivers on the gags front, but one theme does actually emerge: a vicious honesty, however close to the bone it gets. Children, and his lack of desire to have any, come in for a lot of attention. He's gleefully and hilariously brutal about orphanages and his friends' life choices when it comes to having kids.

His Jewish heritage is a source for gags too, deciding to piss all over Germany in the absence of Hitler's grave; there's a routine on visiting Anne Frank's house and probably the most subtle impression of an orthodox Jew you're likely to see. But there's a worldly wisdom to be found here, too, and the Anne Frank house obviously moved him: how could it not especially given that his father survived the Holocaust? And he's obviously right about one story: you don't wait until you're eight and a half months pregnant to meet up with the father of your child to tell him. A savagely honest yet mischievous show.

Heroes at the Hive, 226 0000, until 28 Aug, 6.30pm, £5 or Pay What You Want.

Ari Shaffir: Ari S-P-E-C-T

  • 4 stars

Ari Shaffir / Heroes of Fringe (PWYW) Creator and host of Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening. A true American stand-up comedy hour. It's raw. It's dirty. The theme is purely 60 minutes of funny. ‘The hardest working stoner in show-business’ (Maxim). ‘Change his last name to Shaffearless! It's that honest kind of…


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