Bernie Keith: Life Without Sat Nav (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Bernie Keith: Life Without Sat Nav

credit: Steve Ullathorne

Enjoyable journey about a man out of tune with the world

There are a few hoary old gags in Bernie Keith's first (ever) stand-up show but we'll forgive him. That he's such a personable fellow makes it easier to overlook the bits about bisexuals being unable to make up their minds and the reference to his 'Nazi' radio station manager. Anyone in the Northampton locale will probably recognise Keith's voice, even if in the flesh they continually mistake him for a football manager, as he's been a well-known figure on BBC Radio Northampton for many years. But now he's decided to push his mic into the limelight.

At 54 and a single, gay man, Keith is feeling left behind and out of sync with the world; dating is bemusing, his passwords are predictable and his testicles disappoint. Though the show could do with a bit of pruning in places, there are some lovely gags to be found here, such as his sending of the Communards' Richard Coles to the priesthood and a great Sooty analogy.

Elsewhere there are a few bygone references (haven't heard comedian Max Wall mentioned in a long while) but rather than being niche, the effect is enjoyably evocative in highlighting Bernie Keith's feeling of being left behind by modern life.

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Bernie Keith: Life Without Sat Nav

  • 3 stars

Bound & Gagged Comedy Following his sell-out shows in theatres in the UK, comedian and award-winning broadcaster Bernie Keith makes his hilarious Edinburgh debut. After 30 years in entertainment, he started his stand-up career. In a youth-obsessed world, Bernie reclaims life for the middle-aged, unknown underachiever.