Simon Evans: Dressing for Dinner

Comedy (stand-up)

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Observing the little traditional conventions in life – one pink sock for Michaelmas day, keeping toenail clippings in a separate jar from fingernails, cream first, then jam, then bacon – is what separates us from the animals. It gives life shape, meaning, and odour. Whether any of this appears in the show is of course, at this point, moot. It may just be an ill-advised attempt to lose weight by eating only olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 'Magnificently pessimistic' **** (List). 'Unfashionable... slightly mad' **** ( 'Masterclass in socio-political comedy' ***** (Scotsman).

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  • Stairs: 6 - 10
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Christina Harrison 76 days ago

Was slightly sceptical at first when I realised I was one of the younger audience members at 52 (and my 19-year-old daughter was definitely the youngest) as I thought it was just going to be 'old age' gags about losing your glasses and forgetting what you went upstairs for. However it was much, much more than that and we all really enjoyed it, middle aged and young family members alike. Look forward to seeing what you come up with next year!

Peter Vickers 89 days ago

Top class stand up.

Steven Nicol 90 days ago

Very different from his previous shows (even if he did recycle a little bit from a previous show for good reason). Funny but more personal than previous shows.

He does need to read up on Jordan Petersen more as he shouldn't include him in the same sentence as Katie Hopkins - not even in the same political spectrum.

John Dewhurst 96 days ago

I have been a Simon Evans for years. He is a brilliant comedian and raconteur. This year he did a review of his career which was interesting but the second half of the show was breathtaking. This was his best show by a country mile. All reviewers have been sworn to secrecy for good reason. Go and see him.

Alastair Brown 98 days ago

Not only did he reprise my favourite Simon Evans joke (involves an Englishman, a Welshman, a gentleman of Pakistani origins and a mix up of babies), but he interweaved an amazing story with typically superb observations on the sensitive subject of identity politics. Third fringe for me, third time seeing this year’s Simon Evans show, and already counting down to the 2020 instalment!

Mike Tivnen 99 days ago

I’ve seen Simon twice before over a number of years. Both times he affected the air of an arrogant privileged posh boy in a city suit. So I was shocked to see him rock up in checked shirt, jeans and a peaked cap. Turns out he’s not that posh and he just got tired of putting it on. He’s still supremely eloquent and self-assured, but this performance turns into something far deeper and more moving than his previous persona permitted. As we entered we were puzzled to be warned about a twist in the act later in the set. Suffice to say it’s one hell of a twist, but we were asked not to spoil the surprise. So you’ll have to see for yourself!

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

Radio and TV veteran Simon Evans begins his show with a clever and well-received subversion of an old racist joke that initially discomforts the audience. It’s the beginning of an interesting hour filled with musings on topics such as identity politics. Evans doesn’t adopt the typical reticence one would expect...

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Chortle (4.5/5 stars) 88 days ago

The brave new world of identity politics seems a subject almost deliberately engineered for Simon Evans’s withering, recessed-eyeball scrutiny. ...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 95 days ago

Simon has gone smart casual for this hour, and that is not the only change. ...

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The List (3/5 stars) 97 days ago

Brusque stand-up is both funny and educational...

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FringeReview 102 days ago

Simon Evans is in his mid-50’s, he has been performing stand up for quite some time and he is rather good at it. Gravelly voiced, with a distinctive face and a sharp mind he delivers his set with a twinkle in his eye. His radio and tv work means he...

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