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Lewis Schaffer – Success Is Not An Option (Lewis Schaffer / Heroes PWYW)

By | Published on Thursday 7 August 2014

Lewis Schaffer is an uncomfortable presence, and it takes almost the full 50 minutes of his show to start liking him. Compulsively staggering around the front rows of this small gathering, he claims to have given up on preparation, but his stream of soft quipping belies an intelligent craft. He addresses the elephant in the room – his “Jewiness” – and the effect both Woody Allen’s and Israel’s actions are having on his act. I’m not the only person noticeably bristling at the suggestion that Gaza is good for a laugh, but Schaffer navigates this skilfully. He ends by demanding that any reviewers in the room only give him one star, so his ex-wife won’t demand more child support. Sorry, Lewis.

Heroes @ The Hive, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Laura Kidd]