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Rob Deb vs Army Of Dorkness
Comedy show of villains, cyborgs, zombies, and psychos. For rebels, geeks, gamers and fanboys. Rob Deb's show is about belly laughs and bad guys!
Rob Deb vs Army Of Dorkness – Fringe 2009
Like most Fringe shows, Rob Deb's is an hour long (I know. I looked at my watch several times). Yet it feels so much longer.
Demonstrating the sort of innovation that's to be expected from a man who thinks 'repli-cunts' constitutes a decent Blade Runner gag, his fourth Edinburgh outing sees him talking villains, cyborgs, zombies and psychos. An entirely different kettle of fish then, from previous show Heroquest, in which Deb discussed: ‘Elves, dwarves, cyborgs and psychos.’
But it's not his predictable personal hobbyhorses that are the problem, nor him being a button-badge wearing, sci-fi loser - after all, Andrew O'Neill exploits his left-field idiosyncracies with success. Deb just isn't very funny and, worse, is too smug to make any real effort to remedy the situation.
The majority of his material isn't really material, it's just him rambling on about his interests as if he's doing a show-and-tell at one of his beloved sci-fi conventions: tedious lists of the merits or flaws of various comic book creations, punctuated by such incisive observation as: ‘My mate used to work at Forbidden Planet before it was a toy shop...’
Such is the number of niche references and fan forum gibberish, he boasts he has to hold a Q&A at the end of all his shows, as a sort of glossary. It's hard to imagine anyone sticking around for that, but apparently there are a few of them, desperate to know things like, why oh why Deb didn't include a joke on Blake's 7.
There is the odd glimmer of potential here, such as a segment likening the Top Gear presenters to the Masters of the Universe (what most of us just knew as He-Man), with Clarkson as Skeletor, but it's not been given much thought beyond the original idea.
For the main part, this set is just repetitive, brain-numbing tedium. A zombie attack would be a welcome relief.
|Date of live review: Thursday 20th Aug, '09|
Review by Nione Meakin
What a nasty, mean-spirited, badly-written comment by Lawrence Fisher. I'm afraid to say the show simply wasn't funny, which, forgive me if I'm mistaken, is meant to be the whole point of a comedy show.
I quite agree with the first two commenters - I thought Deb's show was brilliant! It does what it says on the tin, and honestly, I really enjoyed how comfortable he was with his audience. I LIKED the fact that his "material" didn't sound like material but more like a funny conversation. The flow was superb - too often we see comedians put their heads down and just go through their material with little or no regard for how the audience is reacting to it, or worse, picking up on negative reactions and choking. Plus, I utterly object to Nione Meakin's dismissal of Deb as a 'scifi loser.'
I'm confused here, the show is billed as one for the geeks, sci-fi and comic book fans of the world. Yet it's been reviewed as if it's a mainstream show? nToo much Fan Forum Gibberish? Niche References? Isn't that what it says on the advert? I've had a load of mates see this show and they've all been positive in their recommendations. Granted they are all of the geeks end of the specturm of culture, but isn't this show designed for them? I mean they wouldn't want to go see a 1hr comedy show about Latin Grammar and then have a go at it for mentioning Roman word usage would they? How exactly does calling someone a "sci-fi loser" come across as anything other than an insult instead of a review. Anything that is hated so much by someone must be loved by others.
What a nasty, mean-spirited, badly-written review of a funny act.
4 years. 4 one star reviews and absolutely no hope of him improving. Legend.