Standing tall

PUBLISHED: 15:21 28 June 2007 | UPDATED: 15:08 12 May 2010

REGINALD D HUNTER

REGINALD D HUNTER

Reginald D Hunter - The Age of Consequence The Cambridge Comedy festival brings 14 of the best stand-up comedians to the city s University Centre. Saturday saw triple Perrier award nominee Reginald D Hunter take to the stage. From the minute Hunter stood

Reginald D Hunter - The Age of Consequence

The Cambridge Comedy festival brings 14 of the best stand-up comedians to the city's University Centre.

Saturday saw triple Perrier award nominee Reginald D Hunter take to the stage.

From the minute Hunter stood in front of the packed room he owned it.

His cool character, although he insists he isn't 'cool', had the 20-40-something audience captured.

Professing to be in a bad mood over his apparent lack of input into the name of his show, the American was confident yet relaxed and smooth.

The venue was small and I felt like I had gone back in time to my lager- drinking university days.

However, it was comfortably intimate and Hunter was a master at talking with the audience rather than at them, coming back with some clever lines for the hecklers.

At times the performance felt slow moving. Hunter would turn the pages of the book he'd brought on stage, or light up a cigarette.

But these perfect pauses had me eagerly waiting for the next line. You knew it was coming but didn't know what direction he was going to take.

That was possibly how Hunter managed to hold the audience's attention so well.

Hunter had the audience nodding in agreement and the men got a few glares from girlfriends as he examined the best used lines to dump a girl.

You could be right in thinking that the 'are women worse drivers than men' debate has been done to death, but Hunter managed to put a fresh slant on it including a fantastic and refreshingly unpredictable finale.

Women and sex may feature heavily in the performance, but the man has tact. He was not offensive and obviously knew how to handle an audience made up of 50 per cent women. In fact it was the women who laughed loudest.

Hunter certainly knows how to push the boundaries, especially with his controversial Michael Jackson comments and racial observations.

His matter-of-fact attitude to life and charm made his show effortlessly entertaining. He has put thought into the performance without making it stiff.

Certainly a talented and witty stand-up act. And if you see his show, trust me, bear with him!

For tickets to the festival call 01223 511511.

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