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Gadd and Winning: Well, This is Awkwarder
Gagging for Attention 2012
Gareth Morinan Explains How Ricky Gervais is a 'Mong' for Cutting Gareth Morinan Out of Life's Too Short
Gareth Morinan Presents A Wilmops Good Improv Show
Gareth Morinan Presents the Saturday Debates
Gareth Morinan: Truth Doodler
Gareth Richards: Introvert: Never Been to Disneyland
Garrett Millerick: Sensible Answers to Stupid Questions
Garrett Millerick: Which One's Fergal?
Gary Coleman: And Still Rarely Wrong
Gavin Webster: Bill Hicks Wasn't Very Good
Gay Straight Alliance
Gearoid Farrelly: Turbulence
Gemma Arrowsmith: Defender of Earth
Genevieve Swallow is Sharing
Geoff Cotton and Anna Dawson: Light Relief
Geoff Norcott Avoids a Double Dip
Geoff the Entertainer
George Ryegold's God-In-A-Bag
George's Marvellous Medics 2012
Gerry Howell: Glorious Invention
Giacinto Palmieri: Pagliaccio
Giant Talking Cat
Ginge, the Geordie and the Geek: All New Show 2012
A Good Catholic Boy
The Good, The Bad & The Irish!
Google | Complex
Gordon Southern: A Brief History Of History
Graham Whistler: Stand-Up, Fall Down
Grainne Maguire: Where Are All the Fun Places and Are Lots of People There Having Better Fun?
Graters: Julian Ignores His Friend And Talks To A Pretty Girl
The Great Big Comedy Picnic 2012
The Great Puppet Horn
Greg Proops Podcast: The Smartest Man In The World
Greg Proops [Edinburgh 2012]
Gregory Akerman: Swedenborg, The Devil & Me
Guilt & Shame: Up All Night
Guy Manners: Manners Costs Nothing
Greg Proops [Edinburgh 2012]
Greg Proops new stand-up show is an hour of vitriol and profanity, with breaks for pointed commentary. Greg supports Occupy and hates what you hate.
Greg Proops: Fringe 2012
Greg Proops’s show is in the Elegance venue at the Assembly Garden, and looking at my ticket I thought that ‘Elegance’ was actually the title of his show. It wasn’t, but it would have been entirely apposite. He dressed like he meant business, he’s got well tailored material in both senses of the word.
Edinburgh 2012 is the title, a mirror of London 2012. There was a moment’s hushed disapproval when he said ‘Congratulations on your Olympics’ to an audience of Scots, but they graciously let it go. Proops initially spent a lot of time pacing the stage, in and out of the shadows, back to the audience, with the occasional bark of nervous laughter. It was his first show and possibly the first time he’d done one with full sunlight streaming in the windows and considerable noise pollution from the venue next door, so you could forgive him for being a bit like a nervous racehorse, trotting and veering round the stage, being quite vocal about his irritation with the band next door. But when he settled, planted his feet square and faced the audience, my god, it was good.
His opening segment was an acerbic look at the opening ceremony of the Olympics with a couple of swipes at Royalty and independence to suck up to the locals. The US point of view of the Olympic opening ceremony was quite refreshing, moving from mystified by the artistic elements to world weary with the lowgrade US coverage, sniggering at place names like schoolboys, or showing hours of Swedish Ladies Handball.
He touches on some not unfamiliar subjects – the over protectiveness of modern society breeding a generation of weedy, allergy ridden children, with an interesting take on older parenting. He showed off some entertainingly Victorian ideas about child rearing, he really is at his best being patrician and cruel. His topics are wide-ranging: Ireland (from the famine to dead language), rail announcements, rockstar politics and the collapsing world economy. His take on the forthcoming presidential election and its candidates was an absolute tour de force.
I loved this. He takes a beady look at the soft, indulged, self pitying aspects of western, but mainly American society and is merciless with it. If you need somebody to do some scathing, Greg Proops is the go-to–guy. This is smart, mature rich and dense comedy, that makes you appreciate someone who has been refining his art for decades. There’s not an ounce of fat on this set, no weak spots, just a laser like mind examining our interesting times.
|Date of live review: Sunday 19th Aug, '12|
Review by Julia Chamberlain
Oh shit. He's back again?