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Simon Munnery’s Jerusalem (Show And Tell / The Stand Comedy Club)

By | Published on Monday 21 August 2023

If you don’t factor Simon Munnery’s long-standing mid-afternoon slot into your Fringe diary, you’re doing it wrong. Munnery tosses out more ideas in an hour than many other comics have in their careers, alongside single lines of pathos that others would belabour for an hour (with “emotional core”). After a typically silly intro, with songs about supermarkets, we meander towards the point as he does a line-by-line critique of Blake’s ‘Jerusalem’ before once more veering off on assorted, mostly hilarious tangents. Oh, and this one does have an emotional core, about ageing, family (and dogs): it’s just ever-so-slightly buried under a knowingly too-long deadpan bit about designs for a heating system for a campsite. In Munnery’s Jerusalem, clouds do unfold.

The Stand, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]