Richard Herring: Hitler Moustache at the Amersham Arms

A couple of weeks ago we squeezed in to the Chuckle Club, Kings College, to see Stewart Lee's Edinburgh preview show. Last night, we had a chance to compare his former comedy writing partner Richard Herring, who was performing his preview at the Amersham Arms, New Cross.

Although Lee is ostensibly the more 'political' comedian, Herring's show - about trying to reclaim the "Hitler moustache" for comedy - was the more activist and had been lent extra weight by the BNP European election wins.

He enjoys setting logic traps for his audience, like the paradoxes that Joseph Heller plays with in Catch-22. By the end of one part of his act, he'd made a convincing case for why "the racist man", who dismisses much of Asia and Oceania as "Chinese" is actually more of a colour-blind idealist than woolly liberals like us.

We managed to bag a sofa right by the front of the stage, which was fantastic, but hard work. As the show was a chance to try new material and as we were in direct line-of-sight of the stand-ups, we felt obliged to show encouragement by grinning furiously, laughing on cue and, pulling a few theatrical "reaction" faces. Like a knob.

Anyway, we understand that no-one comes to Brockley Central to read our opinions about comedy, so we'll simply add that it was very funny, with more to say than his last show, 'The Headmaster's Son'.

We'd not been to the Amersham since it got taken over by the Lock Tavern team, other than to stick our head inside when it first re-opened and we can't vouch for it as a music venue, but as a comedy venue, it worked pretty well. Perhaps because it was a Monday night, the audience needed a lot of geeing up during Russell Kane's act but the dark wooden walls, the intimacy of the space and the efficiency with which drinks were served eventually helped to create an atmospheric gig.

29 comments:

Richard said...

I saw Richard Herring compere a charity evening at the Comedy Store and he absolutely died on stage. To the point where he looked completely flustered and apologised for being terrible.

Great comic, shame I saw him on a bad night

patrick1971 said...

Was it held in the front bar, or the club at the back?

Brockley Nick said...

The club at the back.

patrick1971 said...

Oh, haven't been into that bit since the Lock Tavern took it over. It used to be like a very old fashioned nightclub, with tables and chairs around a stage.

Good to see that the local area has a(nother) venue that can attract a top name like that.

Anonymous said...

In the meantime Mrs Brockley Nick nurses a pair of children weeping for their father...

Brockley Nick said...

She came with me. The children wept alone.

Anonymous said...

wicked father

Anonymous said...

and mother

Brockley Nick said...

Am I evil, or is it just this moustache I've been growing?

Anonymous said...

the moustache has been hijacked by the gay community for some years, so you need to consider this as well as your wickedness

all the best with that

The Cat Man said...

I don't have a moustache thank you very much

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you come into contact with some from time to time...

Tressillian James said...

"the moustache has been hijacked by the gay community for some years,"

As if gay men aren't allowed to wear something so masculine. Some gaay men wear moustaches. Some don't. Get over it, anon.

ladywell village person said...

I don't have a problem with it TJ, it was just an attempt at a witticism.

Maybe I should have mentioned the Village People specifically

"some gay people dress as members of the armed forces and the construction industry, they may also have moustaches'

I have failed

over to you catman for the 'insiders' viewpoint.

Anonymous said...

is it just me or is the idea of Cat Man wearing a Hitler moustache funny for totally non gay reasons?

Anonymous said...

It's just you, Anon... nothing the Catman ever says or does will be funny

Monkeyboy said...
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Monkeyboy said...

Deleted those last comments and made a promise to myself to behave.

The Cat Man said...

good boy

Monkeyboy said...

No problem Obergruppenfuhrer.

David Irving said...

I hate these comedians taking the name of the Fuhrer in vain. Everyone of them is going for the rascist irony gag every time-why don't they just have the bollocks to come out and say "I like the BNP and all they stand for".
Perhaps if they did and encouraged the BNP to be less moderate, this country wouldn't be in the mess it is in today!

Anonymous said...

Many levels to Herring's current schtick, but how many BC'ers will get the David Irving tag?

Brockley Alpha Course said...

Dont even joke about the BNP. Thank God the Christian Party were on hand to thwart them at the recent euro elections!

mintness said...

Ah, Nick, I thought it was you. That's the second time I've been in the same crowded bar as you without having the gumption to introduce myself as a long-time reader/occasional poster (the Brockley Central-backed music night in Ladywell being the first). Must do better next time (much like Russell Kane, poor lad).

David Irving said...

All too few I'm afraid Anon. Am I destinded to spend the rest of my days travelling the globe, ranting to anyome who'll listen, that six million jews didn't die in the gas chambers-most were killed by disease and starvation (why they were in concentration camps in the first place is an argument for another day). Denying the holocaust is my lifes work and not to be scoffed at. Many of these so-called comedians try to say the most outrageous politically incorrect things and then hide behind the irony defence. If they hold these far right views then they shouldn't be afraid voice their opinions-the holocaust is so 1945 anyway!

fred vest said...

you still banging Lady Renouf dave?

Brockley Bruno said...

David, can I ask what your views are on the proposed CPZ in Ladywell?

David Irving said...

Yes indeed I am Fred and she takes it up the 'Council' as they say in these parts. That's the thing about living in Grovsenor Square they just don't get the rhyming slang up West.
To answer your question Bruno, I am totally against it. People use Ladywell station and although they park their cars locally, they do pop in and out of the shops to buy goods. What we need round here are vast autobhans with no speed limits, should we ever need to invade New Cross or Catford (a poor mans Poland if you ask me).
I wouldn't mind putting some manners on Deptford either come to think of it. We could head east into Kent but I fear another Stalingrad. That said, Concillor Sue Luxton does remind of Uncle Joe except she doesn't like tall buildings. I do get the impression that she is a bit of a Dictator so she can't be all bad.

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