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Alfie Brown – The Love You Take (Alfie Brown)

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

Few stand-ups leave me uplifted, and even fewer can do this whilst listing gruesome euphemisms for genitals. Crackling with wit, Brown’s set walks the fine line between sounding offensive and being offensive. Never calculated solely to provoke groaning, his vile images instead illustrate an attack on an intellectually stagnant culture. Despite the content, he keeps a tight hold of his challenging material: in a deft reversal, he moves from addressing the cultural mire to a wonder-filled look at love and life, all the while never losing sight of his duty to entertain. His viscerally poetic language is snapped in a masterful application of bathos. The 5/5 is deserved for such a brilliant rebuttal of heckling.

Just The Tonic at The Caves, 4 – 28 Aug (not 17), 8.50pm (9.50pm), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp36.
tw rating 5/5