Simon Evans’ very welcome return to the Social Club is greeted with riotous applause and continues like that through to the finish. He starts with a tease about the title of the show.
Is it about the attitude of people over 50 to any new technology? Well, as the show progresses, there are indeed some struggles with such tech by the man over 50 onstage.
But we don’t find out till much later what the real significance of that phrase is, in the context of a comedian’s show which is largely about himself.
Does that mean it’s self-indulgent? No, not at all. Evans is in top form here, with some opening gags about Covid death rates (that’s right); about trans women; about old jokes – all playfully tiptoeing round what is or is not PC in classic Simon Evans fashion.
But the real meat of the show, in this true tale of elements of Evans family history, is not for a critic to reveal.
No spoilers here; but if you think comedy can’t be made with on-screen projections of statistics of hormone levels, or DNA analysis, you’re in for a surprise, and a very pleasant one at that.
Evans takes us on a never less than hilarious journey to the surprising and truly fulfilling conclusion of the story, without missing a comedic beat. Wonderful stuff.
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Reviewer: John Christopher Wood | Star rating: *****