At the start of his show Geoff Norcott claims he’s a moron. ‘Clever in here, but stupid out here’, he says, going on to explain his everyday clumsiness. Yet it’s clear from the get go this is untrue; he’s a shrewd, intelligent observer of human behaviour and society, giving his set plenty of material.
The fact that he doesn’t take himself too seriously allows him to create a political dialogue without sounding preachy.
For most of the show he’s actually ridiculing what he sees as the moronic behaviour on display in modern society. Whether it's hippie lefties, old people or the 50p tax rate, it’s wonderful how he can put people or ideologies down with just a simple observation or analogy.
He is also brutally honest with his politics; not at all playing to what was presumably a fairly left-wing fringe crowd, he admits that, while not being a Tory, he has voted for the Conservatives in the last two elections. Although I suspect many in the crowd didn’t agree with his views, it is undeniably refreshing to see a comic defending his centre-right views in an environment in which a left-wing, ranting comedian can be found around every corner.
Norcot succeeds with his crowd despite his political leanings. The fact that he doesn’t take himself too seriously allows him to create a political dialogue without sounding preachy. It’s true that for the most part Norcott’s comedy isn’t ground-breaking. However it is refreshing and very funny.