‘Swan Power’ is a glimpse inside the fantastical mind of Paul Foot. He weaves you down hilarious rabbit holes, fictitious or not, and while you never know where your headed, you cannot help following on in awe.
Everyone knows Paul Foot, but his wonderfully weird, wacky and whimsical style never ceases to crack audiences up. Even the strange moans and grumbles that seem to fall out of him are funny. He’s playfully energetic as he adds and adds to these entirely random tales. And he matches this energy perfectly when he flies off script, talking to his crowd in a hilariously affrontive manner. His written jokes are also utterly daft, discussing pandas, the coast guard and Specsavers. It truly is a piece of comedy genius.
The show is all over the place, but he manages to segue seamlessly and call back effortlessly creating this cohesive set that is just wildly entertaining. One of the undeniable highlights of ‘Swan Power’ is Foot’s version of the film ‘Titanic’. It’s satirical and blunt, taking James Cameron’s three hour-long epic and compressing it into three minutes. All I can say is Kate Winslet eat your heart out.
Foot is also not afraid to go darker, and it’s in these moments that you can discern the terrible people in the room from the really terrible by the volume of the uncontrollable hysterics. When he talks about how time can ease the gravity of disasters like wars and massacres, he hypothesises the edgy jokes of the future – it’s as shocking as it is hilarious.
This show is an hour of totally unique and expert humour by one of the faces of the UK comedy scene. He’s not just the slightly odd comic you always see on telly but he’s a phenomenal stand up who has a brilliant act to back that up.
Paul Foot: Swan Power
19:20 at Underbelly, Cowgate
August 14 – 28 (Except 16)