Round-up of 2011: Comedy
- Brian Donaldson
- 9 January 2012
Tim Key, Tommy Tiernan, Stephen Merchant, Luke Wright and Jerry Sadowitz make our laugh-list
Having netted Edinburgh’s big fat award for comedy in 2009, the former Coward blasted back in August with an absolute corker of a show. Masterslut was a masterclass of interactive improv raised to glorious levels by the most memorable use of a fully-drawn bath in comedy history.
Setting aside his penchant for controversy and going down the road of playfulness and ‘devilment’, the Irish comedian brought Poot to town, a hilarious and thoughtful analysis of the behavioural patterns society deems ‘normal’. With the added bonus of an Early Learning Centre bubble machine.
Revelling in the opportunity to come out from the shadow of ‘his nibs’, the Oggmonster gave us Hello Ladies! A straight-down-the-line funny-as-hell show about his life-long inability to scoop himself a lady, Merchant used his vast height, comedy face and a rather wonderful way with some funny words to brilliant effect.
Are you meant to be moved to tears at a comedy show? The Aisle 16 chap achieved this rare feat with aplomb in a couple of places during his Cynical Ballads show which offered up eight poetically funny/sad ‘caustic tales from Broken Britain’.
When it comes to ‘caustic,’ the New Jersey-born Scottish comic is in a league of his own. Look a little closer and you might find that beneath the putrid filth of gags about dead children, race and other comedians, the ‘victim’ of the jokes is Sadowitz himself. A sad loser compelled to vent some charred spleen, you suspect he’d rather be doing nice card tricks for money.