Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Geoff Norcott: The Look of Moron, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
A working-class, Conservative-voting club-circuit veteran, Geoff Norcott is worried that his face doesn’t fit at the Edinburgh Fringe. And he might be right. Perhaps it’s his early afternoon slot but I saw plenty of strong routines going under-appreciated by a quiet crowd, uneasy in divulging their own political affiliations.
Challenging automatic veneration of the NHS, mocking Lefties and their hypocrisies, he deserves a higher profile for novelty value alone. Yet by virtue of his oppositional stance – an incredible thing to say when the Tories are in power – he can’t rely on woolly generalisations, supporting his positions with everyman common-sense and reasoned analysis.
Although he plays with cartoonish fascism, advocating that resource-draining octogenarians sing successfully for their supper or suffer the consequences, he’s not a straightforward stereotype, inching towards vegetarianism, albeit with a weak will, and less proud of his academic achievement than he initially appears. A few personal, gender reflections are on the broad side. And it’s far from being all about politics. But it’s on this ground that he’s repeatedly and satirically incisive. Festival stand-up really ought to be a more inclusive church and audiences should meet Norcott halfway.
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Published in The Scotsman on 26 August 2015
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