Five thoughts about...Brett Goldstein Contains Scenes of An Adult Nature
Andrew Mickel5 August 2013
What has porn done to Brett Goldstein’s brain?
Goldstein’s talking about porn. This, he’s already found, means that lots of women think the show isn’t going to be for them. He says they’re wrong because a third of porn users are women. He’s actually wrong because there’s a a quietly confident sort of morality running through his show about internet porn, and now that the show has accidentally becoming topical thanks to David Cameron’s misunderstanding of how the internet works, it’s a viewpoint that’s worth hearing.
Much of the show itself is focused on Goldstein’s undersexed time at acting school in New York and the artfully-drawn characters there. As you would expect from a bunch of actors, it’s an eclectic bunch, but the different folk - from the oversexed, upfront Cockney neighbour to the lesbian confidante - are presented as real people with their own diverse perspectives. It’s sensitively delivered work.
Indeed, the whole show is sensitively constructed: it’s deeply honest, and his MC skills shine through with the considerable charm he brings to bear on his own sexual failings and misadventures. It’s material that could easily turn grubby without the balance between upfront sexual laughs and raw personal experience.
It’s not all directly on the personal/porn theme: earlier sections on the ‘sexy robot children’ of Abercrombie & Fitch and the sleazy horror of the recent James Bond film provide some sizeable laughs.
Still, Goldstein ponders out loud during the show about whether an hour of comedy is the right format for addressing concerns on internet porn. He needn’t have worried: this is a solid hour of stand-up but it’s also genuinely thought-provoking. Timely stuff.
Brett Goldstein Contains Scenes of an Adult Nature is in the Pleasance Courtyard at 9.30pm throughout August, apart from the 13th, because it is unlucky.
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