Night of the Living Tories

In this hour of fine free comedy Joe Well combines his two greatest loves; political satire and zombies. The fast-talking and understated Wells tears through UK politics at pace. He examines the UK class system under a microscope; testing the old adage that ‘life is not fair’.

Wells makes no apologies for wearing his heart on his sleeve.

Yes, and what are we going to do about it? Wells explores the stance of the Conservative party on homosexuality, gay marriage and feminism; with not a few shots at the logical inconsistencies at the arguments pitched by those on the right. What is it about the burqa that riles the right so? What would happen in a world where bankers had to eek out existences as illegal immigrants? And just who is Al Qaeda?

Alongside this autopsy of UK’s political landscape are personal anecdotes, encounters with those less versed on international affairs, and silly antics both at work and home. Wells chucks a healthy dose of self-deprecation into the mix; lest we mistake him for merely looking down his nose at politicians. In fact Wells walks the talk; with plenty of stories of gigs he’s performed for workers’ clubs around the country.

This is not a show for Tory supporters; Wells makes no apologies for wearing his heart on his sleeve. This show is accessible for the political novice or international visitors who’ve just stumbled in with limited knowledge of UK politics. Wells’ ability to both deal with sophisticated political dialogue without losing outsiders along the way is a testament to his skills as a comic.

Wells proves you can’t put a price on good comedy, showing that the PBH Free Fringe isn’t lesser for its cost.

This is a cheeky, intelligent and well crafted hour of political comedy with punch. A thoroughly enjoyable movement for social justice with a bounty of laughs.

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The Blurb

When there's no room left in Hell, the Conservative party will walk the Earth! Critically acclaimed stand-up comedian Joe Wells (Alexei Sayle tour support, No Pressure To Be Funny podcast, Amnesty International's Human TV) digs up the grisly past of the Tory party. Sell-out show Brighton Fringe 2013 and Leicester Comedy Festival 2014. ‘Some of the most surprising and thought-provoking material coming from any comedian in his early 20s’ (Guardian). ‘A skilled jokesmith who threads great gags through intelligent political material’ (Comedy.co.uk). Warning: this show contains graphic descriptions of Michael Gove.