Reviewer: Helen Jones
Simon Evans: stand-up comedian, comedy writer, economic pundit. Evans is known for his work on Radio 4 and TV appearances on shows such as Michael Macintyre’s Comedy Roadshow and The Comedy Store. But he also writes for many shows including 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Lee Mack’s Not Going Out.
The economics of the UK and how to make it work for you doesn’t seem like the most immediate basis for a comedy show but this is what Simon Evan’s current one-hour show is based upon. Originally on tour earlier in the year and a month at the Edinburgh Fringe, has refined the show and he’s back out on tour using In The Money as the second half of a two-hour show.
The first half of the performance is taken up with observations on life and family. His own and people in general. He takes great delight in poking fun at his home city of Brighton and Hove, pointing out that he lives in Hove which is meant to be “the more refined” part of town and as such does not suffer the never ending stream of hen parties and young adults partying for the weekend.
He also mercilessly uses his family as part of his humour. Married with a twelve-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son, he has no compunction in pointing out the negatives of children rather than the positives. Although his claim of them failing to supply him with material for his act is obviously untrue. Even the family dog, a wire-haired Hungarian Vizsla, has its own section, and his story of the dog sitter is wryly funny.
In the second half Evans brings his economic knowledge more to the fore, and while still making it humourous, explains the basics including leverage, gearing, and compound interest. Between the humour and his examples, he makes what can be quite complex fiscal processes easier for the lay man to understand. His explanations take the audience through his mortgages, how he met his wife, having kids and even what shares are long-term safe bets (tobacco and alcohol)!
Evans has a very dry satirical wit which comes across well in the more intimate setting of a mid-sized theatre. His self-depreciating use of his own experiences as the basis of his performance make him very much a man of the people rather than one looking down on the people and that ability for him and his audience to relate make this very enjoyable evening’s entertainment.
Reviewed on 28th September 2016