Kevin Hayes: The Devil's Drop

Note: This review is from 2001

Review by Steve Bennett

Although alcohol is perhaps not the most challenging of subjects for a comic to tackle, Kevin Hayes nonetheless finds new ground to cover in this amusing and engaging history of drink.

This likeable Irishman admits that covering booze's 8,000 years of social impact in just one hour is a challenge - and it's one not helped by an unnecessary break 20 minutes in.

But what he comes up with is a meticulously-researched, engaging and intelligent commentary on mankind's favourite drug.

It covers the gamut from ancient history to gin palaces and Jesus's penchant for wine to its effect on football hooliganism, making some surprisingly serious political points on the way.

And it's crammed full of trivia, so in the unlikely event that you don't find the show funny, at least you'll have learned something.

Review date: 1 Jan 2001
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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