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Alistair Barrie: Woke In Progress

By | Published on Thursday 17 August 2023

When Alistair Barrie puts all the recent calamities and scandals that have occurred in British politics into one long list, it hammers home just how depressing it’s all been. Though, as he later notes, and deftly demonstrates, within all the bullshit of post-Brexit Britain, there’s a lot of comedy to be mined. He deals with the pun in the title at the outset and, while there is plenty of politics in his set, the name of the show doesn’t dictate any particular theme. And for me, in this solid hour of straight-forward stand-up, the biggest laughs came from the personal stories: the school nativity play, the ADHD diagnosis and a certain painful medical procedure. Which at least means, if we ever get an even slightly competent UK government that results in less political bullshit to joke about, Barrie will still have plenty of material for future shows.

Hootenannies @ The Apex, until 19 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Chris Cooke]