ECCENTRIC comedian Paul Foot played The Lowry theatre last night, Quays News entertainment reporter Nathan Smith went along…

After recently appearing on BBC’s Nevermind the Buzzcocks, Paul Foot has made a name for himself as being one of the most out-there comedians, resulting in even Noel Fielding calling him ‘weird’.

Playing the first night of his three-day tour, Foot begins with a ‘retrospective’ by revisiting a past performance named ‘By the Yard’, initially performed at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival, in 2009. The following two nights will visit other past performances from Foots repertoire.

“I really want to revisit three of my shows from the past and perform them side by side, one night after another. While this might seem an unusual idea, I want to do this because all three of these shows are very different from one another and were all created in a short period of time.”

With the likes of Fielding – a man who is often the personification of crazy imagination, you may be thinking Foot must have something special to top all that, and he does.

Right from the start, Foot performs his own voiceover, instantly indulging himself and the audience with a teaser of just how vivid his imagination and humour can wander. Before anyone has even seen him, they are in stitches.

Ten minutes into his show, Foot bounces onto the stage wearing a silver-themed attire, complete with shiny shoes. He begins his comedy by attempting to persuade members of the audience to drop out of education, work part-time at Asda, and embrace a dead-end marriage. Standard.

Just how weird is a man who spends a solid 20 minutes ranting about the Open University? Anyone can be weird and eccentric, however it’s Foot’s very nature that truly makes his comedy stand out. Stuttering throughout whilst being flawlessly smooth, the layering of jokes within jokes provides evidence of the Guardian naming him a ‘comedy genius’. Audience members find themselves laughing, but it seems all at different aspects of the ranting.

The stand out moment of the night however comes from the main joke, which sees his comedy shine (and not just his silver shoes). Diving deep into his bizarre absurdity, Foot describes the angst often felt towards bed and breakfast staff. Somewhere along the way, he ends up describing smashing porcelain dolls with a tomahawk whilst dressed as a ‘Red Indian’ – resulting in dry-humping a member of the audience’s leg.

In something of a contrast to the first half of the performance, Foot returns with a sense of sudden maturity. The second half focused mainly around a question and answer format. Rather impressively, the pure improvisational skill Foot uses in order to answer the most ordinary questions are hilariously absorbed and spat back out, with a special Paul Foot touch.

Bringing the night to a swift end, Foot brings out a selection of pre-prepared cards that contain utter nonsense. Each card holds nine words of pure ridiculousness which epiphanies Foot’s absurd nature. He then says goodnight, thank you, before finishing by shouting “Get Out!”, with a cheeky grin of admiration.

By: Nathan Smith

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