Dan Willis, A Room, A Mic, Some Jokes
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2007
An hour of no-nonsense crowd-pleasing comedy
Dan Willis presents an evening of generic comedy competently enough. Warming us through with a dissection of the ethnic origin of his audience, having lots of fun with the Americans and the kind lady in the front row who had inadvertently offered herself (or her friend) to the act in the street before the show.
And though Dan doesn’t seem to be entirely sure what an actuary is he had a jolly old time explaining to one that his profession does not exist in the UK. Google it, Dan! One PhD student is doomed to life on the dole, since the psychology of language is such a tedious and pointless field of understanding.
Then, you know, a little bit about cricket and terrorism. Later, he invites us to explore our reluctance to engage in sexual relationships with our parents. Wouldn’t you, for a million quid? And did you know that there is pleasure to be had from the playground wedgie if you only go commando?
He ends with a lovely moral tale. Apparently there are occasional rewards for being brave and honest with the police. We are relieved if slightly sceptical, and laugh quite a lot.
Yes, it’s all good clean fun, the audience had a truly lovely time, and if you are new to stand up you will too. If you’re not, you should be able to find a more fulfilling use for this hour of your life.
Reviewed by: Chloe Smith