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Matt Blaize: Live at The Comedy Bunker, Ruislip
Routine about religion. October 2006
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|Matt Blaize: Live at The Comedy Bunker, Ruislip|
Matt Blaize trained as an actor at the Drama Centre London before turning to stand-up. He won the Laughing Horse new act of the year competition in 2001, and the Leicester Mercury comedian of the year title the following year. In 2002 he also performed his first Edinburgh show.
Original Review:Few comics have the pure charisma of Matt Blaize. He’s a good-looking chap, for sure, but much more importantly, he absolutely owns the stage. Using his tall, wiry frame to full advantage, he moves fluidly and demonstratively, employing a body language that’s as welcoming and natural as his friendly but authoritative delivery. With apparently little exertion, he commands attention.
He sets himself out as a hard-hitting social commentator, making frequent reference to things ‘they’ don’t want him to say, to offence his previously caused and even admitting that he wants to be ‘edgy’ – although he believes Britain is too tolerant a society for him to achieve that.
But it’s not our open-mindedness that prevents him pressing the provocative buttons, but the fact his observations are a lot more superficial than he appears to think. He never really gets to grips with any topic – which tend to be the usual bogeymen, such as the evils of religion – and brings little insight to the table.
Audiences don’t seem to mind too much, however, and his accessible observations get more laughs than his expressive charm alone would explain. But the gags tend to be neither revealing nor distinctive in their outlook and, consequently, not particularly interesting.
A few segments offer more than this, but these tend to be the personal experiences rather than the phoney philosopising that does little more than scratch the surface of the subjects in hand.
|Date of review: Oct 2007|
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I have to agree with Unimpressed. His material, his delivery, his demeanour... awful, just plain awful. Avoid.
Shit beyond belief.
All froth and no beer. Looks like he has a lot to say - tough, in control, rough 'n' ready - but ultimately more like the pussycat Ben Elton of The Man From Auntie than the manic Motormouth motivator. Ironically, it's precisely when he stops trying to be smart that he gets the biggest laughs.
Dated material and arrogance beyond belief. Out to shock but opts for cheap laughs a lot of the time.
Good act, great stage presence. Isn't scared to touch topics others wouldn't do, and pulls it off
How unfunny can someone be?, Matt Blaize shows you the way. Seen him twice and no good.
Saw Matt at Funny Bunny's Comedy Club the other week as a compere. I thought he was excellent and would defenitly go and see him again.
Just saw Matt in Glasgow and he was fantastic - by far the best act of the night, and by the sound of laughter, everyone else there agreed. Not afraid to tackle political subjects but in a clever, observational way rather than simply being offensive.
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