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Joey Page – This Is Not A Circus (with PBJ Management)

By | Published on Friday 22 August 2014

You sense Joey Page has probably watched a lot of Stewart Lee’s routines, though if you’re going to take your comedy inspiration from anywhere, why not one of the best? The stories are utter nonsense of course, but charming nonsense, and the more bitter asides seem genuinely heartfelt. Page illustrates one scene with amusingly bad cartoons, though, like Lee, it’s his words that paint vivid pictures in your mind, however absurd the scene being described. It’s slightly shambolic, especially during the ‘game show finale’, but it works. And as you find yourself passing a brown-paper covered beach ball over your head to the row behind, you suspect Page is now destined to become a leading name in British cult comedy.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Chris Cooke]