Luke McQueen: The Boy With Tape on His Face (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Luke McQueen: The Boy With Tape on His Face

All-round comedy madness as the boy with tape on his forehead embarks on another chaotic show

The heights (or depths) Luke McQueen will go to in the name of comedy have been well-documented. His commitment to the joke has previously led him to seemingly soiling himself in public while trying to win his girlfriend back, disrupting a pub full of geezers watching the football so he could perform a gig, and packing out a room that he had falsely advertised as hosting a Frankie Boyle show. For this year's 'happening', he's pretended to be Tape Face, a move which he reckons has enticed some fans of the silent Kiwi comic into a comedy club basement.

Going somewhat against the grain of a regular McQueen outing, there are no walk-outs tonight as a rapt (or perhaps trapped) crowd witness him toiling through an hour which is mainly focussed on his failing career (though there are plenty stand-ups in town this month who would love to similarly fill such a room).

There are pranks aplenty as he insults his front row, blasts someone with a daft hair dryer, and sings outlandish musical numbers. Call it anti-comedy, call it absurdist nonsense, call it what you will; but a Luke McQueen gig looks, feels, sounds and probably smells like no other.

Heroes @ Monkey Barrel, until 27 Aug (not 15), 10.40pm, £5 or Pay What You Want.

Luke McQueen: The Boy With Tape on His Face

  • 3 stars

Luke McQueen Heroes / PWYW Award-winning comedian Luke McQueen will attempt to perform stand-up without the use of his forehead. 'His performance is as electrifying as it is disconcerting… raw potency and inspired ideas' ( 'A monstrously overgrown baby that has burst free of its play-pen' (Guardian). 'A…