Review: Paul Foot, ‘Still Life’, The Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Image of Paul Foot 'Still Life'

“Do not analyse the humour, yield to it!”

If ever there was a quote by Paul Foot that succinctly summarised how an audience is to react to his comedy, it is the above!

In an outfit that resembled one of the students from The Magic Schoolbus meets Shoreditch chic, Malcolm Head provided the support for Paul Foot, dabbling in different forms of poetry, stories and manifestos. Although the detail and creativity of the stories was humorous, Head’s reception seemed more that of an appreciated humour rather than laugh out loud funny, although there were a few moments of strong laughter that provided a gentle appetiser for the treat about to come.

As the second half began, right from the off-stage announcement, Paul Foot took his audience on a journey of unexpected silliness and extraordinarily hilarious humour. As Paul revealed the structure of the show, ironically this was no preparation for the “glimpses”, “nonsense”, and of course, “Penny” extravaganza that was to take place be it on the Bloomsbury Theatre stage or in the stalls.