COMEDY FESTIVAL REVIEW: Simon Donald's School of Swearing. Review by Matt Merritt
As the man who created Viz and Roger's Profanisaurus, Simon Donald is uniquely placed to deliver a lecture on the art of the expletive.
He does so in schoolmasterly style, complete with written exam to finish, and in the process rambles off down some genuinely educational side-roads.
There could be a bit more analysis of why, for example, inserting a swear word into the middle of another word is funny, but in the course of his foul-mouthed journey, he touches on serious subjects such as the role played by social class in rendering some language taboo.
Donald clearly relishes language in general, which stops things ever becoming boring.
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Occasionally the timing's a bit off, or the delivery's a bit strained and the subject gives him an obvious fallback whenever he needs an easy laugh, but Donald's best when he strays from the main thread.
Audience participation is a potential risk, but he skillfully uses it to guide him where he wants to go.
In the end, it succeeds or fails depending on how intrinsically funny you find swearing.
If, like me, you do, then it's an entertaining way to discover sometimes it is big and it is clever.