Tony Morewood In The Comedian's Book Of The Dead

Note: This review is from 2001

Review by Steve Bennett

Tony Morewood's monologue is no laugh-filled rant, but rather a thoughtful and evocative journey through the decades of his life.

The stand-up veteran proves a most endearing raconteur, bringing the key moments of his story to vivid life, and linking them with an easy charm.

His story, too, might prove a cautionary tale to upcoming comics about the fleeting nature of fame, as Morewood tells of how his US career - and marriage - suddenly vanished just as he was becoming established.

It's an open and honest show - or if it's not, it's amazingly convincing - which gradually draws you in as the autobiographical tale progresses through the years.

This reflective and pensive exploration of a past will not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is very well done, and if nothing else, Morewood is an engrossing storyteller.

And it does make a change to watch a comic exploring ideas, rather than simply looking for the next gag, even though it does mean laughs are thinner on the ground than they might be.

Review date: 1 Jan 2001
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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