Barr De Montfort
Hall, Leicester (10th
have to give it to Leicester, having created a fairly lively, although
perhaps a tad conservative social scene, that alongside the Summer Sundae
music festival and the collection of live music artists throughout the
city's remaining music venues, that they also stage a comedy festival
each year. Well now into its 13th annual jaunt (for the superstitious
among you this may send shivers down your spine) it was up to that American
domestic goddess of daytime TV Roseanne Barr to kick off this years festival.
Ok, so that wasn't strictly the case, as preceeding her only 2 UK dates,
was a somewhat begging Alan Carr, star of Channel 4's
"Friday Night Project", whose slant on northern working class
humour may have been diluted somewhat by the audience's anticipation of
their main 'dish'. Despite the occasional 'dead-end' in which this comedian
found himself (jokes that the audience seemed unwilling to offer assistance)
Alan's performance was an altogether harmless one, although he was able
to assuredly offer not to upstage the main act.
Following a break in proceedings, Roseanne offered yet another support
in the form of "Jackie Beat", a cross dressed
comedian, whose penchant for dildos and take on brash comedy, was an unashamed
10 or so minutes leading up to tonight's main act. Roseanne took to the
stage, I suppose in true "Roseanne Barr" fashion, shuffling
into our line of vision dressed in a house coat and slippers, her hair
in curlers and seeming somewhat ill prepared. This obviously wasn't the
case, proceeding into an act assisted by a slideshow presentation of various
key images all of which were poltical in nature. The show brought us America
in I have to say a rather sloppy manner, dealing with issues from the
bible - "only the drunk and the insane will be saved", to kids
- "...do what I say, not as I do, the ungrateful little bastards...",
through sex, marriage and illustraing the point with her own, somewhat
odd situation - a young mother of 53!?
We touched on current affairs, from the obvious Iraq to 9/11 and described
the situation in the middle east as a "huge flaming mug of shit!".
That's perhaps as cutting as we got, but all this has been done so much
better by others who were far more
able to pull off this kind humour than the daughter of Barbara Bush.
Rounding off, we were finally lead into the reason for the house coat
and slippers, as she pulled this attire away and dressed in peticoat and
stilettos, proceeded to give us a somewhat cheeky sing along, but to be
perfectly honest I felt disappointed that although this did feature singing
and dancing, wasn't ALL that.