In this routine, Wil Hodgson spoke about his early influences (including comic books, the Pink Ladies and Carry On films) and how these shaped his sexuality and sexual interests.
Wil’s delivery was quite different, more of an autobiographical monologue than your usual stand up comedy. Also less laugh out loud than your usual stand up comedy. Plus of course it was about sexuality. Something in this led to a fairly low turn-out and several people leaving during the performance.
But it was good in so many ways. It felt honest and authentic and self consistent. I felt empathy and understanding around what he said even though we had few shared experiences. Although the subject-matter tiptoed around the deviant it wasn’t crass in the slightest. It felt warm, and intelligent, and overwhelmingly simply interesting.
Clearly was not everyone’s cup of tea though.
Ian’s Review (3.5*)
I have agree with Ruth – I really enjoyed this and I thought Wil was lovely. He’s an intellectual hiding in the body of an ex-wrestler with arms covered in care-bear tattoos, so he’s a genuine one-off! A thoroughly entertaining evening.
A few people did leave at interval, but the ones I noticed were both loved-up couples who looked like they would have nipped off from just about anything at that point… So I wouldn’t read too much into it…