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Arthur Smith Sings Leonard Cohen (Volume Too)

By | Published on Friday 16 August 2013

Discussing death, depression and dementia, amongst other jolly things, Arthur Smith is back. Mocking everything from Leonard Nimoy to anyone vaguely enthusiastic, the star of the television show ‘Grumpy Old Men’ met every expectation. Interspersed with his stand-up he performed some of Leonard Cohen’s finest songs, which occasionally felt like an unnecessary tribute, but overall were enjoyable. I’ve found pin-pointing the success of this show difficult – the comedy was good, as was the music and the poetry too. Ultimately it was the collaboration of the three that really brought the show to life, giving it a well-rounded finish. Combined with Smith’s masterful timing and a wealth of experience to draw upon, the outcome was always going to be thoroughly entertaining.

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