Live Review: Simon Amstell takes America, bares his soul
Catching the latest buzz band before they got big used to be the ultimate bragging right. Now, it's chasing the next-big comic set before they get a series on FX. We've been experiencing an influx of talent from across the pond for some time now, both in comedy and drama -- hey, they even do American accents better than us. Adding his talents to the ever-growing pool is comedian Simon Amstell, who brings his stage-show, "Numb", to New York this summer to try his hand at breaking America.
For someone that sells out massive shows in the UK, it's remarkable to see him in a tiny theater on St.Marks place, heckling the audience and baring his soul on a simple clapboard stage. But a beginner he is not. He hosted the UK comedy quiz show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks since 2003, and created his own show, Grandma's House for the BBC2 last year. Impressive credentials aside, his new show Numb is going to leave audiences everything but.
Tackling everything from marriage, war, gender roles, consumerism, and because he was in New York, humorless hipsters; his comedy brings plenty of self-effacing wit, a good helping of absurdity and some heartfelt and confessional observations all through the lens of one of the silliest voices I've ever heard. His New York run ends tonight, but what's one hour standing just to say, "I told you so" to all your friends?
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