STAND UP COMEDY
Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Russ Peers: Hereditary Peers @ Just the Tonic
Russ Peers is a stand-up comedian from the town of Barrow-in-Furness in Northern England. His set explores his upbringing in an insular small industrial town, dieting, the LGBT+ dating scene and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
It’s difficult to say much about Russ’s act except that, well, he’s OK. He’s not offensively bad or amateurish, it’s just that most of his humour is standard provincial English social anthropology-style stuff. You know, the kind which revolves around the dead-end, aspiration-free life of working-class towns with all of the usual trimmings including diets of Gregg’s sausage rolls, alcoholism, bigoted mentalities and awkward school disco snogs with the opposite sex (albeit with the added complication of being a closeted gay while doing so). Too little of it stands out from a herd of comedians delivering similar repertoires.
The two standout moments here are a gay nightclub sketch involving a spot of disco dancing and a few sly remarks, as well as a finale featuring… well, I’d better not spoil it. His show passes the time pleasantly, and when you take Just the Tonic’s ticket pricing policy into consideration (a very reasonable £5 in advance, or alternatively you can donate what you want at the venue after the show), he’s worth a punt. Just don’t be surprised if your socks resolutely fail to be knocked off.
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