Comprehensive – Steve Day review at Lindsays
In the early days of his career, deaf comedian Steve Day was in danger of sounding like a one-trick pony. Most of his material was about his disability, 70% deafness, and he did not appear entirely confident with it.
Now Day has come of age. His performance in this basic but pleasant free venue was absolutely wonderful.
It should be said that the prospect of a comedian talking for an hour about the comprehensive school system did not augur well. However, Day made the show so much more than that. He looked at why today’s parents are so afraid of letting their children out of the house to learn about life on their own, meaning that from dawn to dusk, kids constantly have an adult looking over them.
Day spoke from the heart about the difficulties of caring for his five children in yarns that would resonate with every parent, rounded off with great punchlines.
When he did tackle disability, it was with an entirely new slant – talking about the so-called Three Monkeys, having being persuaded against his better judgment to feature in a TV show shot at last year’s fringe about a blind comic, a deaf comic and stuttering comic, with some midgets thrown in for good measure, at the flat they had to share.
There were some massive laughs in this material and it became clear that in terms of performance and material, Day has moved up to the premier league of stand-up.
It was great to see him range from topic to topic as the mood found him, while making it all look seamless. Day has acquired the confidence to become angry on stage, to openly question the dubious and surprising politics of deafness and lend a completeness to his performance which was previous lacking.
Steve Day could and should become a big star. Let us hope that prejudice against the free fringe venues does not hold him back.
Lindsay’s, August 5-26
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