Joz Norris: Blink

If Joz Norris is no longer a comedian, then why is he still very good at making people laugh? You see, at some point in recent history, after an unfortunate experience with a non-sausage roll, the boy became a man, the stand-up became a magician, and Blink, a high-energy slice of maniacal comedy, was born.

A sense of super-charged playfulness is evident throughout the show

The magician who stands in front of the audience is the very personification of Dunning-Kruger; all mouth and literally no trousers, with a booming voice which has a hint of Matt Berry about it. He’s loud, pompous, and hilariously inept, displaying a sense of super-charged playfulness which is evident throughout the show.

The audience is promised magic, not only mind-reading tricks but also mind control leading up to the promised finale, an act of staggering power which will see the whole audience blink simultaneously. It’s a ludicrous premise from the start and it takes no time to get derailed, allowing the absurdity to run rampant on stage.

The pace is often frantic, almost but never quite to the point of being too much. Although some of the sections, like a mind reading device picking out the thoughts of the front row, feel a little overused and haphazard, Norris is never far from pulling it back. He’s a good performer, injecting madcap physicality into the act.

All the best magicians have good assistants, and Norris is no different. He has able support in silliness from the mostly off-stage Ben Target who is only slightly less ludicrous in his approach to the show. He’s a good addition to the action, providing a bit of extra narrative impetus and variation to an act which may not be quite the Arts Council’s idea of high culture, but is very entertaining nonetheless.

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Legendary magician Joz Norris has perfected the hardest magic trick of all time – making an entire audience think and blink in unison. He's got everything under control this time. Nothing can possibly go wrong. 'Joyously silly' (Evening Standard). 'A sort of absurdist Simon Amstell... He really does capture the spirit of creative live comedy' (Guardian). Winner of The Comedians' Choice Award for Best Show, 2019. Writer and star of the BBC Radio 4 sitcom The Dream Factory. Sold out run in 2019. Co-starring Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Ben Target.

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