Titter’s Cosy Christmas
Written by Terry Kilkelly
7th to 17th December 2011
Terry Titter is billed as a crude and offensive one man show, and with
this as his goal, he doesn’t disappoint. The cosy set sets the scene
as a tacky 80s style living room complete with tinsel and a serving hatch.
We are then introduced to Renie; Terry in drag, who offends first with
her poor jokes about ‘mongs’ and then pushes for a laugh with
a mistaken tampon for cigarette gag. Her only line which raised a small
smile was her version of ‘Christmas tourettes’ which left
her interrupting every character throughout the show with shouts of “must
get crackers” and “cashews, get more cashews”.
Then we are moved on, with a quick wig and jacket change to a homophobic,
stereotypical Scouser who is a wannabe rock star, his act is full of childish
innuendo and borders on obnoxious. It was at this point I started to feel
sorry for Terry as he sweated through his performance, laughing at his
own jokes and making bitter comparisons between himself and more successful
comedians such as John Bishop. To watch a middle age man so desperately
trying to raise a laugh made for uncomfortable viewing. Luckily for Terry
that night, there were two loyal fans at the front of the audience who
let out enough hearty laughs to ensure he didn’t die on stage there
At this point it seemed Terry had lost his way or his script as he chaotically
improvised his way through a puppet show which further ensured he had
lost his audience. Finally settling on a stereotypical gay character that
was a chimney sweep, with this character he seemed to try and be homophobic
in an inoffensive way but for me it simply fell flat.
All of his characters swigged at ‘Terry’s Brandy’ throughout
the show and for his sake I hope that numbed the fact he was flogging
a dead horse. If not for a couple of loyal fans laughing and encouraging
him it would have been painful to sit though a couple of hours of Terry
begging for a laugh. As it turned out, it was just futile.
Comment left by dazza on 29th December, 2011 at 12:17
I haven't seen the show. But had a very positive feed back from others, who said they loved it. Not sure about the 'Mong' jokes I hate shit like that, it aint funny and its offensive.
Comment left by simon on 3rd January, 2012 at 16:23
saw him before... total jerk! too try hard to be funny!