Aficionados of Richard Herringâ€™s themed standup comedy shows know what to expect, and having sorted out such subjects as racism, love, penises, and yoghurt, his latest tour, Weâ€™re All Going To Die, tackles the biggest taboo of all; our mortality.
â€œImagine youâ€™re deadâ€ is not the most upbeat start to a comedy gig, but Herring was in full swing, laughing at death and celebrating life. There arenâ€™t many comedians who could attempt a Peter Kay style nostalgia routine about 9/11 and not cross the line, and with a routine about an inappropriate magazine called Railways and the Holocaust, in the wrong hands the first half could have gone very wrong.
The second half contained larger set pieces; deconstructing the nursery rhyme â€˜There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Flyâ€™ as an extreme suicide attempt, and the soliloquy from Hamlet. Plenty of laughs were had by pondering what age you are in heaven, based on his grandmother, a sequel to the tear inducing routine in a previous show What Is Love Anyway. For the true fan, thereâ€™s call backs to old routines, and of course the obligatory mention of The Tales of Robin Hood closing, heâ€™s not letting that go.