For a former member of the Socialist Workers Party and (dis) Respect, Mark Steel is actually funny, sensitive and has a knack cute of observation regarding the more bizarre facets of human existence.
There is one simple reason why I always dislike the SWP, well two actually. One; the members always seemed to be privately educated so the term “Workers” is especially inappropriate and two; they supported the IRA in the ‘Eighties as being in the vanguard of class struggle. Yeah right. Murder is cold-blooded murder in my book.
And as for (dis) Respect…. Giving succour to Islamic racists and misogynists seems an odd position for people on the Left to take.
All that aside most of Mark Steel’s live stand up show is belly laugh out loud funny, but clocking in at nearly three hours, Mr. Steel may like to take on board that maxim about “Leaving the audience wanting more” rather than leaving us losing the will to live.
The political stuff was there but didn’t dominate to the extent that I thought it would, but the lame slagging off of the Labour Government from a guy who earns his living in the cocooned world of the media was depressingly predictable.
Steel’s forte is how he moulds everyday life into a funny routine, but there is enough variety to suit a range of tastes, but heckling the audience is a bit passé, or is that because I was the first target due to fiddling with my phone to ensure it was off? Probably.
Overall this was a good show, if a bit long and it could do with paring by about half and hour.