The Most Important Show Of The Day
  • By Rob Marks
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  • 19th Aug 2009
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  • ★★★★★

It’s 10.30 on a Sunday morning and I’m here with a group of strangers whilst a man who bears more than a passing resemblance to Richard Simmons has us stretching to disco hits. Andrew Foreman’s Richard Simms is delightful: a campy fitness instructor whose comedy is laden with suggestive but inoffensive innuendos, he had the audience eating (literally!) out of the palm of his hand. And it’s a tough piece of character comedy to pull off. The B’est restaurant is an intimate venue, seating no more than 30 people and everyone is involved on stage at one point or another. It became very clear to me during the show that Foreman must have hours and hours of material to hand that he tailors to each individual audience.My only problem with the show is that, although you are given a two-course cooked breakfast, the £20 ticket price is a little steep. Then again, if you don’t enjoy this you must be a complete grouch. I should know; I hate mornings but this had me smiling and cheerful for the rest of my day. Highly recommended.

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The Blurb

Kick-start your day with Richard Simms, the effervescent fitness guru with a the big heart and tiny shorts. Hilarious health advice, celebrity silliness: nuttier than a bowl of muesli, with added fruit! Breakfast included.

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