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Lyric, Ham­mer­smith, Lon­don W6

TREVOR Grif­fiths’s ter­rific 1975 play cen­tres on six hope­ful man­cu­nian co­me­di­ans — one jewish, two Ir­ish, one english dou­ble act and one that is down­right weird.

they all go to a com­edy class run by matthew Kelly’s one-time stand-up ed­die, who lost his sense of hu­mour while serv­ing as a Bri­tish sol­dier, but gained a per­spec­tive on what is funny and why.

to say the play is dated would be to miss the point of re­vivals, which can si­mul­ta­ne­ously show how things have stayed the same and how things have changed. the jewish, Ir­ish and Pak­istani gags are mostly too bad to be of­fen­sive th­ese days, but the ar­gu­ments about why they were never funny are as rel­e­vant now as they ever were. ( Tel: 0871 22 117 29)

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