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Tom Goodliffe – Thug Liffe Free (Tom Goodliffe / Free Festival)

By | Published on Thursday 7 August 2014

How many comedians would start their show late, just so audience members can get served at the bar, and then be nice to them? Ex-accountant Tom Goodliffe makes much of his friendly, geeky persona during ‘Thug Liffe’. He treats an enthusiastic crowd to knowingly awkward beat poems about tax returns and (actual) beef, reads from a plastic folder over gangster rap backing tracks and shares touching stories of his awkward, uncool teenage years. Amongst the gentle enthusiasm, a jarring section on how much he loved “boobies” as a young man leads to a much-needed denouncement of The Sun’s Page three and the misogyny and violence prevalent in hip hop. A warm, funny and friendly comedian with a diverting, amiable show.

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Laura Kidd]