Reviewer: Simon Topping
Trying to serve an audience that is both interested in comedy and curious about psychoanalysis is a tricky business, insists Alex Sergeant. From the start of his lecture: A Comedian’s Guide to Sigmund Freud, he admits he has found that there is not much crossover within the two demographics; welcoming us to a night that is fabulously “niche”.
Sergeant starts with a look at Freud’s background and examines his days dissecting eels. The comedy quickly turns meta-textural, with waves of Stewart Lee being channelled towards us. This is when Sergeant is at his best. The crowd can see he is in flow and enjoy the spectacle.
Some of Freud’s more accessible theories are explored as the night goes on. Male sexuality and the phallus are probed at intently. Dating sites are funnily psychoanalysed and there is a wonderfully silly five minutes concerning the superego, ego and id.
On the night that Brighton and Hove Albion celebrate their transcendence to the premier league, Sergeant has to deal with a couple of polite, but persistent, hecklers. He does this with aplomb. “I have decided to indulge you no further,” he wittily quips.
Studying Freud’s theories for eight years could have squeezed all the comedy out of Sergeant but, on the contrary, we are witness to a humorous evening in the company of a warm and engaging presenter.
Reviewed on 14 May 2017 at The Speigltent: Bosco
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