8 August 2008

Richard Herring - The Headmaster's Son

Richard is a long serving comic with a strong track record of being at the top of the business for several years. I remember as a teenager watching him and Stewart Lee enjoy themselves on BBC2 with 'Fist of Fun' and then 'With Richard Not Judy'. He has been on my list of comedians I have been waiting to see for a long time (too many conflicts at his time slot last year) so this year, finally, I get my chance. After such a build up it's a delight to say I wasn't disappointed like so many others. Richard is still producing sound material and at no point coasting like too many others. This year he is talking about his childhood and what it was like to be the son of the Headmaster. It's a well paced and highly enjoyable journey through his early teenage years, helped by his actual diaries from the time. It's fascinating to see 41 year old Richard arguing with 14 year old Richard about who he really is and how much, or how little, he has changed. The only thing missing from this journey is one or two really big, unforgettable laughs. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of chuckles throughout but it isn't really set up to deliver those explosive belly-laughs. A strong 8 out of 10.