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Richard Herring: What Is Love Anyway
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Richard Herring: What Is Love Anyway? rated 4/5
Richard Herring: What Is Love Anyway

Ah, love テや inspiration for poets everywhere. Though not so much comedians, itテや冱 hate and sneering they seem to do better. Is love really the kiss of death of a stand-up?

Richard Herring said he turned his thoughts to the subject following last yearテや冱 Christ On A Bike show about religion, after which he decided to investigate another unprovable supernatural force so many people put blind faith in. That and the fact that after a lot of wild-oats sowing, heテや冱 been with his girlfriend for three and a half years, and feelings that she could be The One made him question his own emotions.

In the first part of the show, he talks about the way the word テや詫oveテや is bandied about willy-nilly, covering all strengths of meaning. Itテや冱 the comedy of pedantry, picking apart the linguistics and even the instincts behind such things as a parentテや冱 love for their child. It does feel a little like a thesis at times, nicely written and thought-provoking, but short on jokes テや although Herring rummages around for a gratuitous routine about his テやsexcrementテや to add some rude fun.

Then we turn to his own romantic history from the age of ten, when his first girlfriend lasted just four breaktimes, to now, at 44. He once again turns to his teenage notebooks, a device heテや冱 in danger of overusing, having employed it in his Oh Fuck Iテや冦 40, Headmasterテや冱 Son and Christ On A Bike shows, so by now I think we know where this is going. Sure enough, the poem he wrote censuring another 18-year-old for sleeping with lots of girls reveals his hopeless naivety, cherophobic (thatテや冱 fear of having fun) prudishness, and rather tragic loneliness テや which leads to chuckles of superiority over the young Herringテやヲ or embarrassed laughs of recognition.

His adult relationships have not been without incident, either テや especially when he found himself going out with actress Julia Sawalha, after doing a TV sketch on Fist Of Fun about how he was stalking her, Silence0Of-The-Lambs-style. This continues the tone of being pretty interesting, and moderately funny, but the showテや冱 definitely more in テや詫ikeテや than テや詫oveテや mode at this stage.

However, Herring pulls it out of the bag with a brilliantly funny routine about Ferrero Rocher and geometric progression which, even when you think you can see where heテや冱 heading, is expressed with such evocative and preposterous imagery, you canテや冲 fail to be thoroughly amused. Following that up with a touching, pathos-tinged yet funny routine about his own familial love gives the show the satisfying conclusion, tying up a few strands, sprinkling it with wistful memories, and cracking warm-hearted gags about the situation.

It makes for another impressive offering from one of Edinburghテや冱 longest-serving stalwarts.