Tim Clare: How to Be a Leader
The comedy is pedestrian, depending on props, sound effects and powerpoint-style presentations to back up inoffensive but uninspiring gags. Beginning with some scraps of pop psychology, the show quickly meanders away from any point. Clare sets up a promising structure, following the apparent rules for strong leadership; but by his own admission this soon peters out, replaced by a lengthy email exchange with “The Spell Lady” about magical solutions for power, before a bizarre rap finale in which he hip-hops through famous female leaders.
I saw the show on a tough night, with some particularly drunken audience members heckling even before he came on stage; and Clare struggled with this hazard of his late time slot. He will no doubt sharpen as the run develops, and the intentions here are good; but ultimately the ideas are too few.
- Will Young