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Friday 02 February 2018

Geoff Norcot: Brighton-Bound Tory Comedian Is 'Happy To Pick Fights With The Liberal Choir'

Star of BBC's Live At The Apollo and The Mash Report, Geoff Norcott takes to the road with his new show following a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

The world is changing at an alarming rate. Geoff is trying to hold modern views but worries that tradition is becoming a dirty word. 

Meanwhile, in this divisive political climate, a Conservative and Leave-voting comedian is certainly a rare breed. 

Geoff says: "Politics and social attitudes are changing at a dizzying rate. I'm like a lot of people in the middle: I want to hold modern views, but the labels we use are changing so fast it"s almost impossible to keep up. 

"If you go out of the country for a month you come back and something else is now deemed offensive. I got called a "dinosaur" for the first time recently. 


"Well just like dinosaurs I hear men like me are soon to be extinct, I might as well have a laugh about it before the meteor strikes."

Geoff is happy to pick fights with the liberal choir on subjects including identity politics and Europe and wrestle with the idea of toxic masculinity.  

However, in the spirit of equality, he's also not averse to the odd dig at his own side.

"Being a Conservative and Leave voter in the world of stand up is reasonably out there. Those views are pretty common in wider society, but in a comedy dressing room it"s the equivalent of a Scientologist giving Mass."

So why are there so few comics on the right? Geoff answers: "Historically the alternative scene was a reaction to the stand-up of the day. 

"Even though that was ages ago, some lefties cling onto this view that any right-wing comedian must be unpleasant (so unlike the left to get their big ideas from the seventies). 

"If anything, me not turning out to be a totally evil git seems to annoy them more."

As for his memories of Brighton he says: "I've gigged in Brighton for years. People always say "You? In Brighton? Who's gonna come?" 

"They seem to think every single person there is some lentil munching social justice warrior, but I'm pretty sure I've seen at least four people there actually eating meat."

Geoff Norcott: Traditionalism at Komedia Brighton on Sunday 11th March, 2018. CLICK HERE for more info.
 

by: Mike Cobley




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