Review: Frankie Boyle, Ipswich Regent, February 6

Comedian Frankie Boyle. Photo: Julie Greene Photography

Comedian Frankie Boyle. Photo: Julie Greene Photography - Credit: Archant

Quick, garish, hilarious truths fired out in format not even borderline offensive; the line is a dot to Frankie Boyle. Yet he still had an Ipswich audience rolling in the aisles, nodding and cheering in empathy at his shocking jokes and political and life values that many fear to express.

The jokes are still out there, nasty and down right insulting to pretty much any one in any walk of life. He insults real people about real ailments but cleverly links many controversial issues to the state of government, misbehaving politicians, sex scandal celebrities and the corruption of the media. It’s great to listen to a more intimate and humble Boyle, but just as he eases you in to a sense of comfort he throws a curve ball on every occassion.

There were a few audience members who didn’t get to enjoy the totality of this short show. An announcement had been made at the start of the night by the theatre that “Frankie doesn’t like to be interrupted during the show by people coming and going to the toilet”.

Boyle justified it by saying: “We are adults. If you can’t hold it for an hour don’t buy four drinks before you come in. I don’t care myself, it’s that I think it’s unfair for paying audience members to be disrupted with people getting up and down all the time”.

You could have counted at least 20 bodies leaving throughout to use the facilities and, in truth, it was distracting.

“You won’t let people leave to go to the toilet”, one man exclaimed aggressively, stopping the show for almost 10 minutes as Boyle and the audience member engaged in an argument. The comedian offered him a refund but explained the man was being disruptive to others. He proceeded to walk off stage until the matter had been resolved by security. Maybe he had gone soft in his maturity?

It had to be considered whether his act was more tame than the Boyle who absolutely shocked 10 years ago on the London stage. Yes. But not only has the world of comedy opened its doors over the last decade to the new and extreme, it has been so much more exposed through a barrage of political, economical and religious incidents that UK audiences may almost find it a relief Boyle expresses what so many already think and feel.

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The audience have come to empathise and appreciate his content with much more ease. What emerges during the show is what Boyle really stands for... And so it seems, do so many others.

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