Reviewer: Matt Forrest
During the mid-January malaise, we all could do with a bit of a moan as most of us will have already broke our new year resolutions and dry January will have firmly gone out of the window. So a good whinge and a gripe could do us all good. However if you’re stand up comic Andrew Lawrence, you may have slightly more to moan about than most.
Lawrence brings his UNCENSORED show to The Lowry, not a comedy show, more one man on a mission, with a monumental axe to grand. Casting a down beat and thoroughly pessimistic view over topics, that include parenthood and social interaction, this is a good introduction into what turns out to be a challenging yet thought provoking evening of comedy. As the first half proceeds, Lawrence sets his sights on more political material including: the NHS, immigration, and the benefit systems, while some of the jokes are near the knuckle and at times uncomfortable, drawing out more moments of nervous laughter, rather than laugh-out-loud fits of hysterics. What is immediately apparent is Lawrence has a confidence in his material; it may not always hit the mark but will certainly give you something to think about.
The second half of the shows Lawrence discusses in great detail: political correctness and the perils of posting on social media, which led to a very public spat between Lawrence and fellow stand-up comics Frankie Boyle, Stewart Lee, and Dara O Briain. This again was more thought provoking than funny, however always engaging as Lawrence explains how offering a different opinion to that of his peers had left him somewhat of an outcast.
That really is the point of UNCENSORED, Lawrence is producing comedy for himself, and trying to offer a genuine alternative, to that of the countless TV panel shows comedians’. He may not be to everybody’s liking but Lawrence offers a controversial and at times caustic brand of comedy, which is provocative and challenging, which certainly makes you sit up and take notice.
Reviewed: 17 January 2016 | Image: Contributed