Review: Richard Herring
I've never been to a gig at the Playhouse before with a police presence, but Richard Herring has stirred the ire of Christians with this revival of his first one-man show. Does the show deserve such a response?
I've never been to a gig at the Playhouse before with a police presence, but Richard Herring has stirred the ire of Christians with this revival of his first one-man show.
Those protesting tonight seemed of the meek inheriting sort, but apparently others have been more threatening. Does the show deserve such a response?
Herring certainly pokes fun at Christianity, but his target is generally more the bureaucracy of religion than faith itself. He explores glaring factual flaws in the Bible, areas that only the most literal-minded of believers could take issue with.
But more importantly – at least from a reviewer's point of view – he is very, very funny.
The jokes are packed in tight; the humour is wry, intelligent and irreverent.
It is also quite affectionate, something that might sound odd given the taboo topics: Jesus' genealogy, the mysterious disappearance of the gold, frankincense and myrrh and the cannibalistic possibilities of transubstantiation all get an outing.
- 1 Holiday Inn to become 'care hotel' to help struggling hospitals
- 2 One of East Anglia's largest property builders is sold to investment firm
- 3 People are driving for hours to visit this loaded fries and doughnut kiosk
- 4 War-time bomb lay dormant for 80 years before exploding under fishing boat
- 5 Norwich firm part of growing number of businesses working four day weeks
- 6 Body found in the sea at Great Yarmouth
- 7 A year on: Tributes to teacher who died following tumour diagnosis
- 8 Arrive by boat at new Norfolk wedding venue
- 9 John Lewis CCTV footage leads to Norwich gun arrests
- 10 1920s bungalow up for sale in one of the Broads' most sought-after villages
He's not the messiah. He's not even a very naughty boy. He's a talented comedian, and this show is well worth seeing.
Richard Herring: Christ on a Bike continues at the Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday at 8pm