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Jack Harris: Teaching Teachers How to Teach

By | Published on Wednesday 24 August 2022

Whether he’s really a teacher or a Teacher Teacher, Harris can certainly add to his CV ‘Teaching Comedians how to do a really effective comedy Powerpoint show’. He leans effectively into the illusion we’re trainee teachers, lampooning our transferable skills with practised crowdwork and dropping in endearing pictures and ideas from previous, real, pupils. In between fast, strong video bits like ‘Only Horses And Horses’ and bizarre product plugs, ‘Terms & Conditions’ rain bilious scorn on the current politics of teaching, and a nefarious undercurrent regarding Harris’ other training gigs reaches a slapstick conclusion. Yet almost every element maintains the atmosphere, the energy never drops and, whether you’re an ex-teacher (me) or ex-pupil, comic truths hit like a hurled board-rubber.

Just the Tonic at The Mash House, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Richard Tyrone Jones]