With each new incarnation, he raises my hopes of finally getting that firecracker set that his effortless talent continues to promise. Which is fair enough.
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And plucked it duly is — but not in the way you might expect. Impro can be a high-anxiety experience, all nervous energy and look-at-me virtuosity. By contrast, Skinner delivers this show in a conspicuously low key. That ITV hit found its way into the West End at the turn of the millennium, but beyond that — with its lairy, formless chat about shagging and skiving — its theatrical achievement was strictly limited. There is no such recourse to cheap laughs here, as Skinner mines lip balm, onyx and the life and work of Burl Ives, the US singer and actor, for unlikely humour.
The only grounds to accuse him of cheating would be that he has always excelled at audience backchat — and so The Man With No Show is situated squarely in his comfort zone. But 10 minutes of crowd-work is one thing; an hour is quite another.
It gives more scope for interweaving, digging deeper, meandering — and Skinner takes full advantage. An opening pun about Pret a Manger cross-fertilises with an unrelated joke about a nearby Chinese medicine shop. A gag derived from a shiny watch Skinner spots in the crowd becomes a motif that runs through the show.
None of this is electrifying.
But, as Skinner repeatedly asks us, what do you expect for a fiver? And it does keep the laughter simmering away.
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