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IF COM­EDY had sec­tions like mu­sic, sean Lock would be in the Easy Lis­ten­ing sec­tion. This is gen­tle, ob­ser­va­tional ma­te­rial that keeps the mood and the laughs up for a solid hour.

Lock starts on the joys of fa­ther­hood be­fore shift­ing up a gear to dis­cuss the joys of Lidl, bags for life, porn at mo­tor­way ser­vice sta­tions, the up­side of my­opia and fat peo­ple.

There is a smartly de­vel­oped theme of words that make things sound bet­ter than they are – I’ll let sean ex­plain, he makes some very per­ti­nent points – which, I as­sume is what gives the show its ti­tle.

His philo­soph­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of time and elas­tic­ity is not one for su­san Boyle fans but other than that, this is com­edy for Ev­ery­man (and woman). His at­tack on Twit­ter is fast, funny and fe­ro­cious. And true. He also has a go at Bono, blind peo­ple and the BBC. It is pol­ished stuff.

His ir­ri­ta­tion with peo­ple who have 21st-cen­tury pseudo-dis­abil­i­ties is hi­lar­i­ous, wellde­vel­oped stuff and, if you thought there was noth­ing more to be said about swear­ing on TV, think again.

Lock is freshly funny even where many other comics have gone be­fore.

In a Fringe where too many comics “off the telly” have vir­tu­ally signed “will this do?” at the end of their shows, it is a de­light to have sean Lock back to show them all how it is done.


Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 7:25pm.

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