Jack Evans: Melancholy Poontang

Jack Evans’ 2016 Fringe show is not suitable for children. This should probably be obvious if you consider the words Melancholy Poontang for more than a second, but it doesn’t stop a family with two youngsters trying to get into the show anyway. Evans tried to warn them off, but they were undeterred. Evans’ weird show, full of bizarre characters, homemade animations and patience-testing routines about Cluedo, just got a whole lot weirder. Evans seemed to relish the challenge, in a traumatic, self-harmy kind of way. Thankfully, the family retreated just as Evans did his men’s rights activist/pick-up artist character Maurice. The parents seemed to be enjoying themselves, but Maurice’s repeated declarations of love for ‘the pussy’ and Bronyism proved a bit much.

Jack Evans is a brave man. The odds were already stacked against him, performing in the charmingly decrepit Cowgatehead, in a room no one can find. He ploughed on, not compromising the strangeness in any way, committing to the absurdity of it all. As the mouthpiece for Manchester’s surrealist comedy night Quippopotamus, Evans is probably used to the underground, but his dark act deserves a bigger audience. He’s not for everyone; his Viz-like animations will be too amateurish for some, and some of the characters drag on too long. Still, he has some great gags, and a bald eagle. Go see him if you like weird stuff.

★★★★

Stuart Addison

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