Alfie Brown: Scissor
A superb return to form for a room-splitting talent
When a couple get up to leave while Alfie Brown is in full flow with a routine about Thomas Piketty's Capital, you immediately fear the worst. After all, he has been known in the past to show little mercy towards anyone daring to depart his room, but here he gently suggests they stay a while or they'll miss a good bit. They ignore him, and they do. Indeed there are lots of fine moments in Scissor, which suggests that Brown's mojo has returned after a bumpy period in his stand-up.
Not that he is any less baffled by life or with people's attitudes, and it's unlikely that he will ever stop offering room-dividing opinions. He certainly seems extremely irritated at the perfectly reasonable questions he's been asked now that he's a father. Brown's less than positive attitude towards Adele enjoyably rears its head again with a lengthy dismantling of any notion that she carries a lovely voice, while his girlfriend (in attendance) takes a few jokey blows.
It's good to see this genuine talent back on form as he delves deeply into why men are the woefully inferior gender, and he has terrific imagery-heavy gags about restraining a birth-giving woman and the sound of a baby crying.
Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, until 28 Aug, 3pm, free.