A misleading poster campaign meant that it wasn’t until the end of the show that I realised that ‘Jerry Bucham’ was a parody of an activist, rather than simply a bad political comedian. He touches upon even the most serious cause with little more than pub banter before launching into Bob Dylan-lite ditties about each subject. He riffs on ideas that sit uneasily as neither relevant, nor funny, and it soon becomes apparent that he’s happier shoehorning in commonplace jokes than examining the reasons people become activists. Jerry has a likeable stage presence, providing a few laughs and hummable tunes, but his comedy struggles to be insightful or entertaining and in the end, comes across as lazy.
Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 2-26 Aug (not 12, 16), 12.00pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Jo Barrow]