Review: Punt and Dennis - but what is your verdict?

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Monday, February 10, 2014
2:13 PM

Trusty material and mildly ascerbic jokes

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There’s been something of a live revival for the former members of The Mary Whitehouse Experience.

Rob Newman played the Norwich Playhouse last year and David Baddiel is there on Wednesday, but last night it was Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis’ turn to entertain Norwich at the Theatre Royal.

The two have a steady gig steering Radio 4’s Now Show and Dennis has kept in the public eye in Outnumbered and as a Mock the Week regular, but the double act never quite hit the top flight – now they are midway through their first live tour in some years.

The material has a trusty ring to it: mildly ascerbic comedy you can nod along to but that rarely jerks you out of your comfort zone.

There was evergreen material on the inanity of digital TV, nannying film advice labels warning on “mild peril”, lazy builders and bad job interview technique. Sharper was a routine on the proposed Thames Estuary airport and its potential for Cockney public announcements, and a riff on Norwich’s “godless” census results that led up to a “Swaffham and Gomorrah” gag.

Dennis’ physical and vocal comedy gets all the laughs against Punt’s straight man, to the extent the audience is aching for Punt to stop so we can get to a funny bit. You can’t help wondering if Dennis would be better off on his own.

What are your thoughts on Punt and Dennis? Comment below and let us know.

7 comments

  • So great to see Punt and Dennis live in Norwich last night. They are like old friends to some of us now who have grown up laughing at their quick-wittedness. Lots of visual humour, too, from the pair and great new material… but with a few winks to the past.

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    Jenny L. Fawn

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • So great to see Punt and Dennis live in Norwich last night. They are like old friends to some of us now who have grown up laughing at their quick-wittedness. Lots of visual humour, too, from the pair and great new material… but with a few winks to the past.

    Report this comment

    Jenny L. Fawn

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • So great to see Punt and Dennis live in Norwich last night. They are like old friends to some of us now who have grown up laughing at their quick-wittedness. Lots of visual humour, too, from the pair and great new material… but with a few winks to the past.

    Report this comment

    Jenny L. Fawn

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • So great to see Punt and Dennis live in Norwich last night. They are like old friends to some of us now who have grown up laughing at their quick-wittedness. Lots of visual humour, too, from the pair and great new material… but with a few winks to the past.

    Report this comment

    Jenny L. Fawn

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • So great to see Punt and Dennis live in Norwich last night. They are like old friends to some of us now who have grown up laughing at their quick-wittedness. Lots of visual humour, too, from the pair and great new material… but with a few winks to the past.

    Report this comment

    Jenny L. Fawn

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • So great to see Punt and Dennis live in Norwich last night. They are like old friends to some of us now who have grown up laughing at their quick-wittedness. Lots of visual humour, too, from the pair and great new material… but with a few winks to the past.

    Report this comment

    Jenny L. Fawn

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I wonder what Jenny L Fawn thinks.

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    Abraham

    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

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