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Gary Delaney: Purist
At Chortle Fast Fringe 2010
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Purist consists of an alarming amount of jokes. Donít expect a narrative, theme or a voyage of self discovery but do expect jokes, and lots of them. Gary will also be talking about how in the internet age jokes that could once last a comic a lifetime can now travel the world in day.
Gary Delaney: Purist
Gary Delaney has been a comedian for ten years, yet this is his first solo show. Thatís a lot of material to draw on, especially when youíre as prodigious and prolific a writer of razor-sharp one-liners as he is.
The gags are brilliantly crisp; often as short as five or six words, which makes this is a super-concentrated hour of punchlines, probably about 300 of them crammed in tighter than the audience in this way-too-small venue. Youíre even a sheet with some more on as you leave, just to further boost the gags-per-penny rate.
So much for quantity, what about quality? Well, thatís impressively high, too. Some jokes are inevitably better than others, but even the weakest has had to earn its place ahead of thousands of competitors. They are eminently quotable, and the temptation for me to include loads here to appear funny by proxy is huge, but Iíll resist.
There are a couple of groaners in the pack, but no duds, with a range that spans from sweet bits of wordplay to deliciously bad-taste assault. Delaney makes no bones about that, putting a disclaimer at the top of the show that he simply finds the evil ones funny. You would have to be sensitive to get truly offended, as Delaney is clearly just having great fun. ĎIím supposed to be deadpan,í he admits. ĎBut I keep laughing.í
Itís a good move. Deadpan is a very hard style to maintain over 60 minutes of one-liners and still keep the audience laughing. Stephen Wright may manage it, but he may well be in a minority of one. While Delaney doesnít have the knockabout pantomime of Tim Vine, his enjoyment is palpable and infectious. As other comics have found, a show like this needs a few devices to break it up, and heís included a few games to dress up more gags in ways different enough to maintain interest.
And as for the woman who came out of the show muttering to her friend: ĎAll he did was get load of gags and remember them Ė I could do that,í thatís rather like saying Rachmaninoff just pressed keys. This is a hugely impressive collection of exquisitely crafted gags by one of Britainís grandmasters of the one-liner. The show has certainly been worth the wait.
|Date of live review: Saturday 7th Aug, '10|
Review by Steve Bennett
Hah. That was us that walked out at 51 minutes. I enjoyed much of his material, but felt quite tired and depressed by jokes about gypsies and children with Down's syndrome. I appreciated the wit, but the content of the more offensive jokes was pointless. Yay! A rape joke! And word-play about niggers! And luckily we weren't left with anything to think about. The gag about Jim Davidson ended up seeming a little ironic. I'll stick with Herring and Legge thanks.
I haven't laughed so much in ages. I know that might sound a little unoriginal but its TRUE. I couldn't stop coughing afterwards because of the excessive laughter.
This show was very very funny. He split it into perfect chunks and mixed in enough bits and pieces to mean there was no 40 minute dip. Saving the most offensive stuff until last helped too even if it meant there was a 51st minute walkout. No a show you could take the vicar too but very very funny
Just did gags..... And remembered them! Priceless, Gary Delaney is one of the UK's hidden gems. A genius at large
An amazing joke writing talent.
I nearly excreted organs laughing at a preview of this show. Just superb gag-writing craftmanship from start to finish with a side order of wonderful bad taste.
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