Mike Wozniak: One Man Dad Cat Band

Mike Wozniak's probably best known for playing moustachioed misfit Brian in Channel 4's sitcom Man Down. In One Man Dad Cat Band, he adopts the pose of a shouty misanthrope and frustration personified. So his standup persona isn't a million miles away from his seemingly sensible, but uptight, TV character.

Wozniak's inventive brand of comedy's high quality and mixes keen observation with social commentary, and adds a dollop of absurdity for good measure.

Wozniak's well-structured show's built around a ridiculous tale which is rooted in the everyday, but regularly takes sojourns into the bizarre. It features several long drives, a Facebook stalker and professional furore peddler Katie Hopkins. He repeatedly leaves his story to go on a succession of enjoyably barmy tangents which jolt you out of the central narrative.

He desperately wants to be seen as reasonable - the type of person who's not afraid to stick it to The Man, and who always does the right thing. But, underneath his shonkily-constructed facade, he's far from PC and seethes about life's little injustices.

When he can't contain his overwhelmingly negative feelings, they bubble up inside him and escape in the form of a torrent of word lava. So, throughout the set, he ends up venting his spleen in a very funny and particularly British way. (A tiny bit like a twenty first century Basil Fawlty.)

There's nothing hackneyed about what Wozniak's doing - it's novel stand up territory. Not for him the tired questions about audience members' occupations, or whether they're in a relationship with the person sitting next to them. His interaction with punters involves him offering them a choice of daft and unrelated topics. And his punchlines are pleasingly shocking, and cleverly confound your expectations. He also takes familiar comedy go tos off in unexpected directions. (A routine about his Dad being a case in point).

Wozniak's inventive brand of comedy's high quality and mixes keen observation with social commentary, and adds a dollop of absurdity for good measure. Because he's a skilled and confident performer, he's able to paint an entertaining portrait of a man who often teeters close to the edge.

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Regime-changing stand-up from this 2013 Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee. Contains personal horror, outrage and facts. As seen on Man Down (Channel 4), It’s Kevin (BBC Two) and heard on Small Scenes (BBC Radio 4). He also wrote a silent comedy starring Kim Cattrall for Sky Arts but you can’t see that until September. They said this about his last show: ‘Subliminal and sublime’ **** (Chortle.co.uk). ‘Wozniak is bang on the money’ **** (Sunday Times). ‘A conceptual triumph’ **** (List). ‘Master of the deadpan’ ***** (Daily Express). Photo credit: Idil Sukan.

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