You may have seen from Ol' Melfi's blog that we've managed to boost Richard Herring's audience attendance by at least four toward the end of his tour, that must be worth fifty quid (revenue) to him. He owes us.
Richard was on fine form in front of a Shropshire audience of around 120. I have no idea why he does not attract a bigger audience. Maybe too much Radio 4 and not enough Never Mind the Buzzcocks? Maybe he's exactly where he wants to be? Maybe there's only 120 people in Shropshire?
It was a great show. He's quite unique- crude, controversial, cuddly, confrontational, flirtatious and obnoxious. He also seems to like to push the audience, walking a tightrope, irritating us- then pulling us back with a big laugh. He had me weeping during a section around the pronunciation of potaaahto and his objections to the french pomme de terre. Like all comedy, of course, you had to be there...
At the interval it appeared some of his material had been a little near the mark. I overheard a young girl was complaining his Jesus stigmatyr masturbation routine had been too much and had gone on too long, and his Maxine Carr references drew a few gasps. But everyone gamely went back for the second half, which started with an open discussion around the fact that Herring's arse was currently being screened on ITV, and we were all missing it.
During a routine about the apocalyptic results of climate change, he impersonates a child, berating us from some flooded future Atlantis... I feared for Mme S. I haven't heard her laugh like that since the last time she saw me in the bath...
So excellent show. If you haven't seen it, tough. He's finished the tour. You can probably get a DVD, but it's never the same. It's just a shame Mr H. cannot ply his trade in front of a bigger crowd.
It seems as if stand-up is just a stepping stone to bigger things for a many talented people. I saw E. Izzard, one of the past masters about seven years ago and he brought a small hall to it's knees. I saw him again on his last 'arena' tour five years later, and all the empty space above the packed stalls seemed to swallow his charisma. Looks like he's onto to massive US TV stardom now..
Oh, and a word to any hecklers out there. Unless your 95% sure your comments are going to bring the house down, keep 'em to yourself. You'll end up looking like a right squirrel's ear.