Henry Paker at the Soho Theatre
Not quite controversial, far from offensive but deeply perceptive and wildly humorous, Henry Paker brings his animated Classic Paker antics to London’s Soho Theatre for one night only.
Boisterous and seemingly personable by nature, the intimate space at this West End venue creates the ideal atmosphere for an honest and lively conversation about the point we’re at in life.
Discussing relationships, the personas of his beloved fiancée, hobbies and gentle everyday annoyances, Paker’s fast-paced, high energy routine touches on commonplace subject matter with such passion and expression that even a bit on pine nuts has the audience in hysterics.
While his enthusiasm is catching, minimal audience involvement allows for marginal improvisation and creates the impression that the act is somewhat overly structured and too rehearsed. Nothing seems distinguishing in this performance on the tour, except perhaps his politically correct use of language given that his parents were in the crowd.
Nevertheless, you only need see this show once to appreciate Paker’s expressive physical drama and seamless comedic timing. His material is sharp and punch lines are cleverly intertwined into various stories throughout the performance. Each impersonation is vibrant and dynamic, and the unexpected audio that accompanies specific anecdotes adds even greater amusement to an already feel good, laugh-out-loud stand up.
The audience as a whole soak up Paker’s verve and the ringing of laughter is almost deafening. Off-beat comedy and a catching vibe, this is a night out not to be missed!
For further information and future events visit Henry Paker’s website here.