Saturday 18 August 2012 | By Holly Close
ED2012 Comedy Review: Kevin Shepherd – Thus Spoke Kev – Free (Kevin Shepherd / Laughing Horse Free Festival)
A disjointed combination of lads’ pub banter, relate therapy session and philosophical discussion, ‘Thus Spoke Kev’ is the no-holds-barred story of Kevin Shepherd’s divorce, interspersed with some bits about Nietzsche. Shepherd draws some interesting parallels between his own life and the writings of the German philosopher, but they sit awkwardly against the comedian’s graphic and somewhat crude descriptions of his extra-marital sexploits and subsequent relationship with an American journalist. There are a few moments of thoughtful poignancy, and an unusual modern take on Nietzsche’s novel ‘Thus Spake Zarathustra’ which partially takes place in Nandos, but Shepherd is not enough of a natural storyteller to blend these elements together well. It’s all quite awkward to watch.
Laughing Horse @ Captain Taylor’s Coffee House, 2-26 Aug, 9.15pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Holly Close]