‘Subjunctives & everything’: Simon Evans: Genius 2.0 – Soho Theatre & Touring

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Touring – reviewed at Soho Theatre, London

At 53, Simon Evans isn’t so different from circuit comedians half his age – a rhetorical stream of invective squirted squarely at current events, with the exception that he speaks entirely in well-honed sentences, not an er, ah or um in sight.

At Soho Theatre the audience was a fair mix of his natural Radio 4 constituency with a sprinkling of Urban Toss so his observations about ageing, alcohol and memory loss went down well, although the best response was to his Brexit-based riffs seen through the eyes of his elderly Norfolk parents: dad an unreconstructed Brexiteer, mother who hisses like a cat whenever Boris Johnson comes on television. They should have their own show.

As Evans himself observes, he’s one of the few modern comedians who can talk about politics without instantly alienating 48 or 52% of the audience

Surreal projections of Alan Turing twerking on a Gay Pride float, or the perhaps slightly over-long comparisons between the Guinness Book of Records published when he was nine with the one he’s just given his nine-year-old son demonstrate his ability to find humour in the widest range of topics.

This is not a new show, more or less the same one aired at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018, but it’s freshly delivered and worth going if only for the vintage pubic hair joke.

And those polished sentences. Subjunctives and everything. Masterly.

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‘Johnny Fox’ studied Theatre at Lancaster University and Journalism at City before realising there was no money in either profession and concentrating instead on interior design for investment banks in Singapore, New York and Moscow. Back home, he now writes mostly about theatre, mostly in London, for arts and events websites. He blogs independently at www.johnnyfox.london.
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‘Johnny Fox’ studied Theatre at Lancaster University and Journalism at City before realising there was no money in either profession and concentrating instead on interior design for investment banks in Singapore, New York and Moscow. Back home, he now writes mostly about theatre, mostly in London, for arts and events websites. He blogs independently at www.johnnyfox.london.

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