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Simon Bligh: Bedtime Stories
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|Simon Bligh: Bedtime Stories|
Former teacher Bligh is one of those comics who has worked hard to achieve a perfectly polished 20 minute routine, and seems perfectly happy to stay on that plateau.
Not that he in any way seems bored with the material that he trots out night after night - far from it. This is a lesson in assured and animated delivery that always brings out the best in his material. The playful and enthusiastic matter is certainly infectious.
The set's strong, too, packed full of wonderfully memorable lines and ideas, even if the subjects are occasionally a little hackneyed, an inevitable consequence of sticking with the same material for years.
But with absolute mastery of the crowd, and a delivery that's nothing short of magnificent, it always sounds good, no matter how often you've heard it.
|Date of review: Dec 2001|
Friday 0th Dec, '01-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2000 -
Simon Bligh certainly has a manic stage presence - he does not handle microphone at all during his act, preferring to let his waving hands and manic eyes do all the work for him. This is very good but his material could do with some sprucing up - he should not waste the tremendous presence he has on doing the same stuff, however good it is, over and over again.
Saw him on a cruise ship at a midnight show. He didn't get a laugh at all. But it was very entertaining watching him die on his arse. He just got more and more manic trying harder and harder. True he was playing to an olderr audience than he usually plays to but you still have to have punchlines to your jokes. If you are genuinely funny you should be able to make anyone laugh.
Saw him for the 1st time at the Stand in Edinburgh a couple of weeks ago - sounds like he's still doing the same old stuff. He was supposedly 'headlining' but barely got more than a couple of real laughs. Came across as crude and rather creepy. Also drenched most of the front two rows in spit. Not recommended.
Horrible, horrible stuff. Pathetic, peurile, pointless and unpleasant. The people in front of us walked out it was so terrible
Good energy and seemed to please most of the crowd at a sold-out Komedia - but seriously? Men and women are different? Men are scared of periods? Dull and unnecessarily crude. The imitation of a penis was particularly embarrassing.
Not in the slightest bit funny. Especially when you've seen his "snooze is a false idol"/"shagging your daughter"/"exciting other people's kids" etc. jokes over and over. All performed in exactly the same way each time. Simon, if you ever read this - how about some new material?
Strong confident persona, and handled the not-so-bright crowd well. His dated material of difference-between-men-and-women, periods, and general observations about sex went down well with the majority of the audience. Personally, I have heard it all before and felt it was a shame with someone with stage presence couldn't come up with something better.
Memorable only for saying he had a 20 minute routine and then dying on stage in under five minutes in front of a totally unamused audience of 250 at Leeds University on April 6.
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