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Joe Bor: A Study of Embarrassment By A Guy With Two Bumholes

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Marissa Burgess

When it comes to embarrassing anecdotes, Bor has more than most. And the one mentioned the title of his show is certainly rare, though not unique: it’s amazing how many people have said to me ‘oh yeah so-and-so’s brother had two, too’.

Bor’s not short of a crowd and they’ve not made a bad choice, as Bor makes for an entertaining host. Using the skills that presumably got him the job as warm-up guy on the Graham Norton Show, he amiably banters with the audience. Though it almost derails him when he asks a guy on the front row for further details of how his girlfriend dumped him by text – only to be told it was his boyfriend. Bor leaps back exclaiming ‘I’m cool with that,’ possibly realising that he referred to the fact that he took to the stage in a white jacket and with a white wine spritzer as ‘a bit gay’.

He soon regains composure and the on-script embarrassing incidents continue. It’s not a laugh-a-minute show, in the ‘amusing mate down the pub’ category. Nevertheless there are some genuinely cracking moments here, namely a recreation of his burnt croissant drama at a hotel played out to Kings of Leon’s Sex On Fire, and the middle class’s idea of a playground scrap.

There is however one shaky moment when in reading out audience members’ most embarrassing moments, Bor passes off an ancient gag about a visit to the gynaecologist’s and some misplaced glitter spray as a genuine anecdote.

Bor rounds off the show with the double bumhole story promised in the title. The squeamish might want to take a cushion to hide behind for the finale.

Review date: 27 Aug 2010
Reviewed by: Marissa Burgess

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