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December 10, 2005

Review: Al Murray

Well tonight I went to see Al Murray at the Arts Centre with Jon and Lorna. It was an enjoyable evening (hard not to be with good company!), although in my opinion Al leaves a little to be desired in a comedy act. He was very funny, with his particular brand of jingoistic nationalism and politically incorrect humour, but it does wear very thin. For the first 20 minutes to half an hour it's side-splittingly funny, but then you begin to get bored and wonder where the variety is. For the whole first hour he basically went through the audience nearest him and ad-libbed on their responses to basic questions about themselves in a particularly insulting manner, which was very funny but a bit harsh at times. Still, almost all good comedy pushes the boundaries I suppose. The second half he introduced most of his material, still heavily on the audience participation. Whilst good material, it did just lack variety in style.

Overall my impression of Al was that he's a very good comic for a short space of time. He works best on half-hour TV shows and also I would imagine variety performances where he'd get a short slot to fill. As a sole stand-up act, he lacks the variety and material to keep an intellectual audience engaged for the duration.


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