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Glaswegian comic Geoff Boyz made his solo debut at the Edinburgh festival in 1996, returning the following year with Noise And Other Announcements at the Assembly Rooms.
He has appeard in various TV panel games and stand-up shows, hosts corporate events and also acts as a studio audience warm-up man. He has performed across the world, and was one of the first British comics to perform in China.
Geoff Boyz at Headliners, Chiswick
No one would describe veteran Scottish stand-up Geoff Boyz as a comic visionary, as his years in the ‘nuggets and nob gags’ party clubs have taught him to play it very safe indeed.
Yes, airline pilots do always speak in a posh voice, sometimes train announcements are incomprehensible, and you could easily get a seat on the bus by pretending you had swine flu, or whatever the health scare of the day is.
It’s generic stuff indeed, interchangeable with countless other comedians who are happy to coast on uninspired routines, knowing that they will never hit the big time, but happy to take the clubs’ steady paycheque.
But it’s not all quite so bland. There’s an entertaining segment about staying in someone’s spare room, and a perceptive line or two about the habitual behaviour or speech patterns we all exhibit but barely notice. This is the stuff of fine observational comedy, getting laughs of recognition from exposing common foibles. If he could sustain this quality for longer, he could certainly make his mark, but it only lasts for about a third of his 20-minute set before we’re back on all-too common ground.
His delivery, like so much of his material, is solid but unspectacular – but then it’s hard to bring a distinctive performance to routines as familiar as many of these are. He’s a journeyman who can be counted on to get the job done, but on inspiration, he comes up short.
|Date of live review: Monday 15th Jun, '09|
Review by Steve Bennett
Tuesday 1st Aug, '00-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2002 -
Just wanted to leave a positive comment on here for a comedian who is not only a mate but a great comic with the sort of timing and delivery of material that most of todays newer acts will most probably never achieve.
This guy is awful! Just Awful! His material is so generic, and old! Who finds this stuff funny? Maybe he would be better in another field of work? He seems nice but just a tired embarrassment of a performer. The crowd felt more sorry for him than anything else.
Both Geoff Boyz's act and delivery are uninspired, he is ceaselessly using material that is years old and wasn't particularly good when it was new without even a hint of embarrassment, and is only original because no one with any real talent or insight would have bothered to use it. Don't waste your money on it. Trust me.
A fucking genius at work
What a pile of crap. How this guy gets away with such crap is baffling. A less funny person does not exist. Please stop going to see this useless shit and give fresh, intelligent and new comedy a chance. His more successful contemporaries like Les Dennis and Bobby Davro haven't been aloud to do their shit on telly for over a decade. I don't think punters should allow him to get away with the shit on stage!
Incredibly funny and true observations on life - very rarely stopped laughing when watching him.
Just saw him in Nottingham, where he was doing the same set as I saw him doing last year at the Old Vic, also saw him shouting at side stage while the show was on, very unprofessional, even before he started his 1990-written show.
I've seen Geoff just once, headlining at The Bearcat and it was a masterclass in stand up. He was amazing. The crowd loved him. He engaged them with brilliant observations, precise physical comedy and a charming ease on stage. He absolutely stormed the night I saw.