Jay Sodagar: Confessions Of A Logical Mind
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2006
Straight, honest, funny political comment from one of the sharpest political comedians today. Why do logical people feel like freaks in today's society? See social conscience comedy at its very best and for free.
Jay Sodagar is a logical man exasperated by the total lack of logic in the world, a gap between expectations and reality that provides the thrust of his show.
After a brief fight with the microphone stand Sodagar launches into the old 'I was stopped for an autograph by someone who thought I was someone else routine', and while the pay-off is funny enough, it's nothing new. This is pretty much indicative of Sodagar's entire set, which too often feels overly familiar: a routine on inequalities in public services between train drivers and doctors, material on racist stereotypes in comedy, jokes about The Passion of The Christ...
There are some great bits: some initially familiar material on Virgin Trains is pulled up by a truly brilliant extended metaphor and there's a quick but clever piece on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
This isn't a bad show: the writing is good and Sodagar delivers it well, but it just doesn't do anything new in terms of structure or sentiments. If Sodagar is the only comic you see this year, you'll probably enjoy him immensely, but to the rest of us it's just too familiar.