FRINGE REVIEW – Simon Munnery, The Stand


4-30 Aug (not 16), Times vary @ The Stand Comedy Club

The show begins with a sort of low-tech sketch set in La Concepta, the conceptual restaurant, with Simon Munnery playing all the staff and serving a three course conceptual meal to two random audience members. This is probably as off-kilter as the show gets, which may come as a surprise if you still associate Munnery with the more challenging experimental comedy of some of his past incarnations.

Basically this is a straight stand up show, albeit one with some quirky touches: some songs, a performance poem, an “ad break” and some vaguely interactive hand-drawn backdrops.   Munnery’s jokes are offbeat and intellectual, but still accessible enough for the masses.
There are some great moments here: Munnery’s anxiety over certain conventions of village life, his re-enactment of modern action films, his use of the backdrop (particularly in the La Concepta segment) and props, and his deconstruction of a certain ubiquitous song are all standouts.
If you fancy a laugh that involves a little mental exercise, this is a great way to spend an afternoon.

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