Formosa Quartet

FRANK CLIFF John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich


John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich

Adventures round Norwich were Howard's opener. This is a comic who sits and earwigs shamelessly on other people's conversations and immediately puts them to use in his act.

We had tales of the Forum where the crowd was reluctantly bopping to Bob Marley style rhythms and having open discussions about sex; and stories of his chance purchase of a bizarre head massaging device called an Orgasmatron, which looked like a mass of upside-down coat hangers. His ability to create so much new material specially for us was impressive.

The second half was more structured, centring on the story of a man trying to jump off the top of a building in Bristol. As the crowd gathered far beneath, Russell was amongst them, thinking out reasons to live.

At the root of it was a sense that there was so much to celebrate in humanity's quirks and the small pleasures we take in the funniest of things.

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