April 28th 2011
The title of Arthur Smith's one man show is "Exposed" and we
most certainly were exposed to all manner of things unexpected! Rather
than a laugh-out-loud gagfest (although there were many titters from the
audience) it was more like "An Evening With..." and included
music, poetry, and Arthur Smith's thoughts on many topics including his
antipathy towards the next day's royal wedding, bankers, young people,
Dave Cameron's smooth skin, Melvyn Bragg's hair, etc.
His talent for spontaneous comedy really came to the fore when a language
teacher (who had been at parents evening) arrived 20 minutes late. My
companion was convinced the teacher was a plant, as he almost stole the
show when invited on stage later. Also, true to his "grumpy old man"
persona on television, Arthur Smith requested the audience leave notes
during the interval of things that annoyed us, which he later trawled
through to great comic effect.
The highlight for me was an anecdote that he recounted from his autobiography
My Name is Daphne Fairfax about when
a schoolmate's shorts were thrown out the window. However, I wasn't impressed
with the gratuitous female nudity (used to illustrate a sentence in his
book) which was then repeated several times.
All in all it was an enjoyable evening entering the mindscape of a comedian
who has been there, done it and got the near-death experience. I wonder
what topical humour people seeing the show next week will be treated to?
What would he make of being the same age as the (now deceased) Osama Bin