This Christmas Jerry Sadowitz is on stage at the Leicester Square Theatre for 12 nights only.

This is his third residency there in a year with each being, pretty much, completely different. Importantly this is his first run since the Jimmy Savile media circus occurred. A topic he was known for unearthing and will no doubt be raising as he does on the publicity video. With this in mind there is a sense of a return, as the title alludes, and with much greater publicity from web adverts to flyers to promote this show.

Having missed the opening support from a magician, Sadowitz appears dressed as the former mentioned ‘Top of the Pops’ host. For a quick routine on paedophilia, a topic he successfully manages to reverse the perspective on later in the act to show how Savile was a British institution. This exemplifies how Sadowitz occupies the position hate of almost as a Dada comedian, if the concept existed, rejecting and ridiculing both sides of arguments from racists to non-racists. Always from a position of hatred, seemingly shouting each joke from the depth of depression.

…Each viewer would leave in agreement at different parts of the show and in deep disgust at others….

Sadowitz does not care whether he is in a character saying provocative comments such as Al Murry’s pub landlord persona, this seems irrelevant. However, he makes a nod to this during the show by saying that he will wear different hats to avoid any confusion of who is speaking and perhaps deflect blame, or even confuse the audience into thinking this viewpoint is his opinion.

In a sense he finds comedy in everything without offering any political, social or personal perspective. Little press junket participation leaves his audience knowing nothing about his private life which keeps an air of anonymity. This makes the humour work as one is never sure of his stance on every punch line. He speaks almost as a low status figure such as a court jester, holy fool or a rat, commenting on society from the extreme outside. Again always from a position of hate and controversy. He would not be able to get away with many of the jokes if he had a greater platform as the material is too sensitive for a mass audience.

…This makes the humour work as one is never sure of his stance on every punch line…

Not only does this confront one’s own opinion with laughter of agreement at each comparable opinion, such as his loathing of Michael McIntyre, but causes laughter at the ridiculousness of disagreeing with ones rationed and reasoned beliefs, such as praising Savile for being a British institution among other things. Each viewer would leave in agreement at different parts of the show and in deep disgust at others. The controversy extends to the after show debate with ones show companion.

Sadowitz peppers the show with both basic and complex magic: Showing a child’s colouring in book magically fill with colour with a tap to advanced manipulation of the deck to confuse and astound. Almost parodying Tommy Cooper, considering he is one of the country’s best sleight of hand magicians he rarely and reluctantly shows this talent.

…not for the easily offended or faint hearted…

A man of opposites and extremes, not to be taken out of context, not for the easily offended or faint hearted but a wealth of laughs for someone looking for provocative comedy. An evening to question and re-establish ones views.

“Return of the Bawbag” continues at the Leicester Sq Theatre on the 27-29 December and 3-5 January 2013

 

 

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