Politics Now. Politics Wow! (Sir Reginald Tweedy-Duffer/Scottish Comedy Festival)
By Olivia Sleet | Published on Sunday 5 August 2012
The premise of this show is basic but comically sound. We are introduced to Sir Reginald Tweedy-Duffer, the archetypal upper-class Tory, Secretary for Youth Affairs, and we join him aboard the Conservative PR juggernaut as he attempts to demonstrate just how ‘’down with the kids’’ politicians can be. Reginald himself is a reasonably convincing construction and the consistent, confident delivery of every clichéd youth-ism – groovy, lol, you name it – is commendable. There are a few stand-out gags, including a well-timed PowerPoint presentation used to great effect, but the overall joke – that Tories are outdated – eventually wears thin. Whilst the core idea is initially funny and culturally relevant, don’t expect much subtlety here.
Scottish Comedy Festival @ The Beehive Inn, 1-26 Aug (not 13), 12.10pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Olivia Sleet]