Adam Larter: L'Art Nouveau (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Adam Larter: L'Art Nouveau

A giddy show with absurd puns and multifarious props

Adam Larter clearly began making his props back in about February. There are hundreds of them, including a homemade plastic saxophone, Sonic the Hedgehog cardboard helmet, masks of the moustachioed Pringles tin man, and a baby doll painted with Kiss make-up. Larter squeezes an awful lot into his hour-long show, starting off with a 'Crazy Toilet' song (to the tune of 'Crazy Horses'), via an audience participation round of Pass the Parcel, where Larter is peeled out from underneath an impressive five Spandex gimp suits, and ending with some kind of singalong version of Radiohead's 'Creep' crossbred with the theme from Only Fools and Horses.

A 1980s nostalgia theme runs strong all the way through, with audio clips of GamesMaster and Grange Hill spliced in among Larter's mix of absurd puns and stunts. A ridiculously mismatched fight between him and a tiny puppet ET is a highlight, although watching the bit where he downs a litre of milk and scoops handfuls of Marmite straight into his face is definitely a lowlight (bear in mind that the show is already happening in a venue that can smell a bit off). Obviously a very dedicated oddball, Adam Larter has created a giddy, bizarre whirlwind of a show.

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Adam Larter: L'Art Nouveau

  • 3 stars

Adam Larter Hello. This show is an art show featuring all of my favourite colours. 'One of the most prolific people in comedy' ( 'Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.' (Auguste Rodin). About Adam: Adam is head of twice Chortle-nominated Weirdos Comedy, comedian, artist and friend.