Jeremy Hunt and Other Spelling Mistakes is a new comedy sketch show from St. George Medics Revue. As you’d expect, it features a number of jokes about the Secretary of State for Health, taking a funny look at the trouble the NHS is in and the ineptitude of the MP. There’s also a good amount of general medical banter, comedy gags and a few songs too. It’s fun and relevant but also schoolboyish and lacking the intelligent humour this topic deserves. But then what else would you really expect from a show with this one’s title?
Don’t expect the young medical students to be budding stand-up comedians; they’ve clearly picked the right profession
In fact, considering the name, there aren’t that many jokes that refer to the MP. But then again, too many of them might get a little stale. When Hunt does feature he’s a bumbling idiot more concerned with profit margins than patient care, and arguably this is a very accurate description. He’s weaved in and out of various gags throughout the show. There is quite a good variety of sketches which range from cheesy but witty show tunes to a gag about cockney rhyming slang doctors (“don’t be a Jeremy Hunt”) and a sketch about an awkward and very funny unbearable slam poet at school. There are also a few sketches that pick fun at health and safety regulation ridiculousness, clumsy bureaucracy and a funny good-doc bad-doc routine.
Jeremy Hunt and Other Spelling Mistakes is a fun show and you’re not going to get bored watching it. Just don’t expect the young students to be budding stand-up comedians; they’ve clearly picked the right profession. But it’s good to see trainee medics making fun of the NHS and particularly Jeremy Hunt. It’s enjoyable silliness that’s brisk and light-hearted with occasional clever commentary. It’s free and worth a watch so why not go along? You wouldn’t want to be a Jeremy Hunt now would you?