Losing It

Note: This review is from 2012

Review by Steve Bennett

This is the festival of the afflicted. In the comedy section alone is a cerebral palsy sufferer, a deaf comedian, a one-legged stand-up and a man recovering from cancer.

Simon Lipson's problem is that he's losing his hair. Doesn't seem quite so important somehow. Yet he's still weaved (no pun intended) a full-length show around his particular condition.

However, you have to confess that it is a successful marketing ploy, he pulled in a decent-sized audience, with an older average than the usual fringe crowd, and a lot of them bald or balding.

At the real risk of sounding patronising, the comedy was probably aimed at an older generation, too. It's a very gentle, drawing-room type humour, with moderately amusing anecdotes quietly but effectively told.

Or, to put it another way, it's too slow and not funny enough.

Lipson is a raconteur rather than a stand-up, and while there are some very witty lines, they are all too rare, as his material is as thin as his hair. (That's a line he uses in the show, incidentally, but it doesn't make it any less true).

The show also offers him the opportunity to play a raft of characters, from his Cockney cabbie father to a whingeing Welshman, as well as wheel out a few tired old celebrity impressions like Robert De Niro and Sean Connery.

It has to be said that he does a great Sting, though, and his David Bowie has a brilliant gag rightly used as the show-stopper.

But on the whole, Losing It seems designed more to showcase Lipson's abilities as a performer than as a comedian, and it ultimately fails to pack a punch.

Review date: 1 Jan 2012
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

What do you think?

Live comedy picks

We see you are using AdBlocker software. Chortle relies on advertisers to fund this website so it’s free for you, so we would ask that you disable it for this site. Our ads are non-intrusive and relevant. Help keep Chortle viable.