Geoff Norcott: Right Leaning But Well Meaning
- Claire Sawers
- 9 August 2017
This article is from 2017
Eurosceptic Tory comic Leaves the jokes at home
Even keeping the most open of minds, it's tough to warm to a comedian who admits at the start that he's 'shamelessly mined a niche angle'. Outing himself as a right-leaning, Leave-voting member of the Tory party in the largely leftie comedy world means work on telly and in newspapers has come rolling in. While some salute his entrepreneurial, opportunistic spirit, others wet-boak in their mouths at the cynical desperation of it all.
His crowd is mixed: some ignore his politics and are just there for laughs (few and far between: even Bernard Manning had some excellent punchlines), one Trump supporter down the front is pumped about the president's UK visit, and if any Tories are in, they're keeping schtum. Norcott's patter about kicking a naked gay man on holiday in Ibiza, then abandoning the fight for fear it seemed homoerotic, or thinking fatherhood should be 'a series of critically acclaimed cameos' rather than a lead role don't endear him like he hopes.
He skims over political issues, blagging it with cobwebby arguments, parroting any 'liberal' or 'progressive' viewpoints with a camp voice, or dropping in problematic stances: he's anti-fox hunting and pro-tax avoidance, for example. Instead of lining his pockets, best stay at home and shout at Question Time, or read below-the-line comments for free instead.
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