Guardian Guide preview of Talking Cock

Richard Herring: Talking Cock 2 - The Second Coming, On tour

From his early days with Stewart Lee in Fist Of Fun, through a series of acclaimed solo shows, and into his later career as the host of an ever-increasing number of podcasts, Richard Herring has maintained an admirable obsession with schoolboy humour. That's no putdown – he's consistently managed to elevate juvenilia and general stupidity to an art form, a state of arrested adolescence that gets funnier as he gets older. Talking Cock 2 sees him revisit his 2002 Edinburgh show, which was entirely fixated on the male organ. While it's an hour of comedy that revels in its own puerility, it's bolstered by some fascinating research. To prepare, Herring asked tons of men for statistics and stories relating to their todgers. The results make for amusing, if at times disconcerting, listening.