Steve Coogan: Live 'n' Lewd
Warning. The following live stand-up show, held at the Neptune Theatre,
Liverpool, contains very strong language.
You can expect to hear twenty-two f*cks, twenty-seven b*stards, and only one
c*nt. No. F*ck that. Make that twenty-three f*cks, and the following bunch of
Bernard Righton (Northern Comic)
- A black bloke, a Pakistani, and a Jew, all walk into a pub. Now isn't that a fine example of an integrated culture.
Pauline Calf (Slapper)
- Do you like my baby? It's a love child. Well, a 'one-night-stand' child to be precise. Don't ask me who the Father is though. I don't really know.
Duncan Thicket (Amateur Prat)
- Oh! He's funny, isn't he? I pissed myself backstage. No. Not because of what he said. I just pissed myself.
Ernest Must (Health & Safety Tosser)
see if you can spot the error in the following piece of text, which was
salvaged from a cave in
-- 'Tutankhamun came out of his pyramid, and relentlessly plagued his enemies, before driving off in his green Austin Viva'. Ha! Did you spot the mistake? Giza, Egypt Austinnever made the Viva in green.
Paul Calf (Drunken B*stard, And All Round Student Hater)
- What the f*ck are you all looking at? Burp!
- I'm not a sexist. I'm a radical feminist. You have to be nowadays if you want to get your end away.
- This f*cking student said to me 'I don't want to fight. I'm a pacifist'. I then said back to him 'Those are fighting words, pal'.
- There's plenty of fish in the sea. Get your tackle out, and see what bites.
- Always be polite if you want to chat up the birds. Never say 'Fancy a shag, love'. Say 'Hello love. My name is Paul. Fancy a shag, please'.
- I've had some bad news recently. My Dad died. He had a heart attack whilst watching 'Baywatch'. It's how he would have wanted to go.
Now in closing the show, its host, Bernard Righton, introduces the man behind the mask, Steve Coogan, who then soliloquises the audience with some pious rhetoric, before pissing off and getting a curry. Nuff said.
Now I've had a rather tough day of it today. I've had work coming out of my ass. I've had a right ear bashing from the misses. And I've been driven out of my bloody mind, by a shed load of nagging, moaning, and idiots who couldn't arrange a gang-bang in a brothel.
Jackie Chan movie first sprang to mind. But then again I didn't want to transmogrify myself into Jackie's filmic shoes. And visualise me beating up on whoever he was beating up on. So instead I said to myself 'Oh! F*ck it. Why don't I just watch something really-really rude'.
And though and behold, 'Steve Coogan - Live 'n' Lewd', was watched, laughed at, and brought my spirits up a right treat.
OK. So by now I'm sure you're wondering to yourself why 'Steve Coogan - Live 'n' Lewd', picked up my spirits, aren't you? Does it have anything to do with me being a fan of his since I was a kid at school perhaps? Or was it because I like hearing some really funny characters swearing for comedic effect?
I mean, take Steve's 'Paul Calf' character for instance. On the surface he is a very sad looking chap indeed. He looks like a paedophile. He's drunk all of the time. And because he's wasted most of his own life, he resents other people who try to make something of theirs.
Now doesn't that sound like a very miserable archetype to you, pal? However, what Steve does to turn all of this around, is to inject some heart into Paul, and make him both associative and charming by nature.
Granted, this doesn't seem very apparent at face value. Paul just appears like a very brash and vulgar person. Yet, if you really-really listen to what he has to say -- and you can say the same thing about most of Steve's other characters as well -- in actual fact he's poking fun at himself. Here, check this out to see what I mean...
Overall 'Steve Coogan - Live 'n' Lewd' was one very funny show. It was hysterical in places. Crude in others. But by in large it was a program I will watch again after having a very tough day of it.
Ha! Say no more.
THE RATING: A