Chris McCausland - As Seen On TV

Note: This review is from 2005

Review by Steve Bennett

‘Observational comedy from a blind guy?’ the posters ask. Yes and very good observational comedy from Jongleurs' Best Newcomer 2004.

Mainstream and cosy? Yes. Alternative? No way. But warm-voiced,warm-eyed Liverpudlian comic Chris McCausland succeeds in what he sets  out to do.

It's not a hard-edged act. It's an old-fashioned world of family,  telly, pubs and football. A world where TV is dominated by the A-Team,  Colombo, Knight Rider and Ironside.

There are well-crafted if unoriginal routines about disarming bombs in James Bond films, but with no reference whatever to the recent London bombings.

Despite his blindness, Chris seems to have surreally spent most of his recent months watching the Discovery Channel His observations are  funny, comfortable, comforting and none the worse for that.

He aims to make his audience happy, to be their friendly non-aggressive Northern  comic and he succeeds.

Review date: 1 Jan 2005
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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