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Sunderland Comedy Festival brings you a debut not to be missed
Sunderland will see its first visit from the Legend that is Paul Foot
What do the papers say ?
Go to Paul Foot’s show with an open mind and you’re in for one of the most ingenious nights of comedy you’ll ever see. The Herald Sun, Australia, April 1st 2012
It’s inobstrusively masterful stuff. Then it gets weird, which is surely what we’re all here for. The Scotsman, August 10th 2011
A work of genius, and one of the best comedy shows ever to have been performed in Melbourne. Highly intellectual and ridiculously silly. There is a constant sense of danger, yet you are in safe hands. I cried with joy.
Chortle, Australia, April 9th 2011
His first time at the Melbourne Festival, Paul Foot is simply the best comedian I have ever seen – and the most difficult to describe. Reviewing convention dictates I can only give him five stars, but his insane genius deserves at least six.
The Age, Australia April 5th 2011
It takes quite a jockey to ride with Foot for the full hour but if you can gallop the distance then you’ll trot out at the end feeling as sturdy and invincible as a shire horse. Had us scratching our heads at his genius. Comedy gold.
The Herald Sun, Australia, April 2nd 2011
Wholly original and frequently very funny, a wonderful ear for language and a talent for creating glorious spirals of absurdity out of the simplest of starting points.
The Guardian Jan 15th 2011
My eternal favourite, he’s a comedy genius. One of the funniest things I’ve seen. Sublime, original and brilliant.
The Independent Jan 5th 2011
Unique solo shows and one of the best Never Mind The Buzzcocks EVER.
The Sun’s Top 5 Comedians of 2010
Quite simply, he is mind blowing, so if you fancy your mind being blown Paul Foot is one of the few comedians working today who can do it for you.
There’s perverse brilliance in Foot’s upending of the comedy rulebook.
Independent on Sunday
Inimitable, rare and unfathomably funny.
The Velvet Onion
It’s inspired, surreal and incomprehensibly funny. Don’t question it, just go with it.
Not exactly Danny Bhoy, is it? …. a wildly divisive yet oddly invigorating hour out during a Fringe full of bog-standard observational stand-ups.
The List ****
Will have you chuckling to yourself for days after.
A unique character… silly and inspired
Fest Magazine ****
If, thanks to a diet of mainly bland, made-for-TV standups, we’ve forgotten what raw, risky character comedy is all about, an evening with Paul Foot will remind you…This is Foot at his best, speaking universal truths and – like Woody Allen – making them seem less daunting to the repressed masses. Like a cult classic, a relic from the past, a rare exotic bird, he’s special.
Paul Foot’s latest staged meltdown is revolutionary character comedy at its most brutally hilarious…. The term ‘mad genius’ has been chucked around willy nilly down the ages. It has surely found its rightful place stuck upon this man.
It’s impossible to describe what Paul does, it’s like trying to strangle mercury. In an all too often predictable comedy universe, Paul Foot orbits his own planet. Fantastic.
He commands a significant cult following, and when you see him in action it’s not hard to understand why – his seemingly off-the-cuff flights of fancy will compel you to seek out the company of this peculiar man time and time again.
Paul Foot doesn’t tell jokes, as much as have an occasional idea… and then with fumbling and pin-point accurate observational humour makes us all laugh about it for fifteen minutes.
An absolute comic genius.
Rarely, if ever, has this reviewer seen an audience laugh as hysterically or long.
The Daily Star
A hilarious combination of pedantry, bluff and surreal non-sequiturs.
He attacks the funny bone from an utterly obtuse angle.
London Evening Standard
There is no logical reason why Paul Foot’s comedy should work, but work it does – to hilarious effect. Never before has so much been laughed at so little.
The missing link between Ross Noble and Frankie Howerd.
London Evening Standard
Choice silliness which no other comic could deliver anywhere near as effectively.
Stupidly hilarious…an unforgettable show.
Paul Foot’s timing is spot on, his material imaginative, and he has the audience with him all the way from start to finish.
Multiple daftness…delivered with inspiring pedantry and passion.
Support to be announced
MC Luke Milford