COMEDY REVIEW: Rob Newman @ The Stand, Newcastle (06.03.22) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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During these troubled times, a couple of hours of escapism, a touch of nostalgia and most importantly laughter is most welcome.

Now, if you were hoping to hear short and punchy one-liners, Rob Newman’s new tour is not the show for you. Throughout his 90-minute performance, the comedian extraordinaire eloquently questioned academic theories and philosophical principles using his distinctive brand of educated wit and highbrow humour. During his show, to the audience’s amusement, the artist even apologised in case his material was what all the comics were talking about.

Rob Newman came to prominence during the late eighties/early nineties with the zany BBC sketch show The Mary Whitehouse Experience. The latter featured the other half of his comedy double act David Baddiel. During his intimate show at The Stand, some moments were reminiscent of Newman’s television days, particularly during parodies of figures from popular culture such as Morrisey, Paul McCartney, Mick Jones, and even David Suchet of Poirot. One of the many highlights of the evening was the comic’s routine about taxi driving therapists.

Most comedians would struggle to grapple with subjects such as Friedrich Nietzsche or D.H. Lawrence as topics for their routine, but thankfully Rob Newman is not ‘most comedians’.

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