Adopted Londoner Maxwell announces solo run, which you should go to
Such is the dominance of Soho Theatre and Leicester Square Theatre these days, this one might slip under the radar – a new run of Andrew Maxwell solo shows at the Comedy Café Theatre, in London’s fashionable Shoreditch.
It’s a second batch of his “London Loves” shows, a combination of social commentary and personal anecdotes from his time living in London. And given social commentary and personal anecdotes are two things Maxwell is phenomenally good at, it’s a fair bet these shows will be a bit tasty.
You may not think it from the thick Dublin accent, but Maxwell has been a London dweller for 20 years now, and much of that time has been spent living in Crouch End – which was back in the day the debauched epicentre of London stand-up, with the infamous “comedians’ house” inhabiting the likes of Phil Nichol and Nick Doody, with Glenn Wool popping by to help the party along. Perhaps there may be some nostalgic tales from those halcyon days.
More importantly Maxwell is in a rich vein of form. His solo shows in recent years have been masterful examples of stand-up – not least this year’s one on Scottish independence – and his Radio 4 series Public Enemies was incisive and funny in equal measures.
The added value with the London Loves shows will be Maxwell in conversation with a different guest each time, on some of the issues surrounding London. At the first show (11 November), the guest will be author and professor on human geography at Oxford University, Danny Dorling.