Jay Foreman's Disgusting Songs for Revolting Children (and Other Funny Stories)

Comedian Jay Foreman provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this excellent mid afternoon show in the Green. The children will truly lap this up as Foreman taps into their naughty side with lyrics that delve into all manners of mischief. It’s never inappropriate but Foreman has fun exploring the more disgusting matters of childhood that are perfectly brought to fruition.

With dark humour and word play reminiscent of Roald Dahl, he should more often than not grab the attention of even the most reluctant child.

Foreman’s comic timing is really impeccable and he had the entire hut in hysterics on more than one occasion during his set. He’s a likeable goofy host and he has a quirky style all of his own. Never one to stay too long on any given song, he’ll happily stop and move on to another subject when the mood suits him. He’ll even decide to change how the audience reacts to his songs; at one humorous point, he asks the audience to stop clapping and try a rather odd method of cheering. He runs the gauntlet of many different subject matters from centipedes to Angry Birds to grandmother’s odd food range; it’s a fast paced, plentiful unpredictable set.

A lot of humour also comes from Foreman’s easygoing rapport with the audience and he bounces off his discussions with children and parents with a quick fire wit. One thing that really works in Foreman’s favour is that he treats the humour as universal; he never undermines the children nor does he ignore the adults. He has somehow found the perfect way to completely entertain everyone with nothing more than his guitar. The show might be a little underwhelming for some children, as they will essentially be watching a man with a guitar on stage for an hour. However, with dark humour and word play reminiscent of Roald Dahl, he should more often than not grab the attention of even the most reluctant child. Foreman is one to watch in the future and he will most definitely be picking up a massive fan base at the festival with this thoroughly entertaining and extremely funny hour.

Reviews by Stewart McLaren

Online at www.DavidLeddy.com (with Traverse Theatre)

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As heard on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and seen on Dave Gorman's UK/Ireland tour. The multi award-winning comedian is back with charmingly sickable songs, stories, poems and a whole lot more for the whole family from small children to massive children (grown ups). 'Sharp and sophisticated... Victoria Wood for the Spotify generation' (Chortle.co.uk). 'Heartily recommended' ([Fest). 'Glorious stuff' (BroadwayBaby.com). **** (Chortle.co.uk, Fest, Comedy.co.uk). ***** (ThreeWeeks, BroadwayBaby.com).