Thursday, March 24, 2005

Bill Bailey: Part Troll

I always feel a bit sorry for the people lumbered with writing comedy reviews for the papers. There are only so many ways to say "He/she was/wasn't funny" before it starts getting repetitive. In an attempt to compensate for this, the journalist will often simply give a run down of the routine, giving away as many punchlines as possible, so desperate are they to fill out their review. It's all very sad, and makes me glad I never realised my misguided childhood dream of becoming a journalist. Being a lion taming stuntman bounty hunter has been so much more fulfilling.

Anyway, Bill Bailey is performing his show Part Troll as part of the Comedy Festival. I saw it last night, and yes, it was funny. There's no theme, no unifying thread running through the show, just Bailey pacing the stage, rambling on about religion, music, whatever. He comes across as a slightly befuddled hippy, but he is obviously a pretty switched on kind of slightly befuddled hippy. Bailey is also a brilliant musician, and his songs are perhaps the highlight of the show.

So there you have it. He was funny. For some reason he's only doing four shows, so you only have tonight, tomorrow night, and Saturday night to catch him.

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