Violence of the Lambs

Last year Chris Davis performed brilliantly in Drunk Lion and garnered great reviews. This year he’s back with two solo shows - Bortle 8 and Violence of the Lambs. The latter of which, sadly doesn’t hit quite as well as Drunk Lion. Quirky and odd, Violence of the Lambs (or the Animal vs. Human War) is an irreverent one man show written and performed by Davis, who plays the crazy American and self-proclaimed scientist Marcus Livingood. Livingood behaves as a radical preacher, proclaiming that animals are rising up against humans and starting a war which began when a stingray killed Steve Irwin the Crocodile Hunter. It’s very funny, for the first ten minutes, but as the entire show is primarily based on one main joke, the show soon loses steam.

Davis is certainly a good performer and he’s very funny, but overall the show feels like it would have been better as a short sketch in a more varied show.

Davis is certainly a good performer and he’s very funny, but overall the show feels like it would have been better as a short sketch in a more varied show. As it is, the character of Livingood becomes somewhat tiresome as he cites different animal attacks on humans as evidence of the increasing aggression of animals against humans. The problem is that with such a singular narrative the whole show becomes a bit samey. There are breaks into irreverent and likable tangents, but it all winds up leading into the same joke.

Davis has solid timing and some smart set ups for the gags, utilising simple and silly visual media to go along with the show. These add as much to the lameness of the show as they do the humor, primarily consisting of laminated images of funny looking animals being ‘threatening’ and graphs. This is part of the draw - the character Davis portrays is supposed to be pitiful, ridiculous and a little bit lame - but even these start to lose their humor as the show goes on. It’s silly and enjoyable and not a bad way to spend forty-five minutes of your day, especially as it's a free show, but it could certainly benefit from some more variety. 

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From the creator of last year's hit Drunk Lion: ‘A potent success’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com), ***** (TVBomb.co.uk) comes Violence of the Lambs, a one-man comedy about the upcoming animal apocalypse. Meet Marcus Livengood, comparative zoologist, certified animal behaviour expert, as he proves to you that the next great war, will be an animal vs human war. Which side are you on? ‘Wild and weird and friendly and funny' (NOLADefender.com).

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