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Review: Stephen K Amos - The Feel Good Factor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Stanley   
04 11 2010
Image Several years ago I saw Stephen K Amos at the Edinburgh Festival. I think was either 2004 or 2005 when I was reporting for my local BBC website. He was really funny. I've seen him on TV shows a few times since and thought he was still pretty humorous. Strange thing is - I recently found out that my mother in law thinks he's really funny too - that made me re-assess my beliefs! In order to put it to the test I decided to review his latest offering of stand up comedy - The Feel Good Factor.

He begins his live show in the same that many comedians do by talking to and liberally insulting his audience. He picks on one guy in particular, Oscar, an 18 year old student. Amos is not too unkind to him but he does keep going back to him to use him as the butt of his jokes, and doesn't let up even at the end of 90 minutes going back to him for one last - unfortunately really obvious - gag. I've always believe that if a comedian has to talk to the audience for 30 minutes or so at the start of the show - doing the old ‘getting to know the audience shtick' then he's probably not got enough decent pre-rehearsed material. Either that or you'll just get the standard "what's your name?", "what's your job?", "have you got a girlfriend?" crap... which is unfortunately exactly what we get here. Then there is the numerous is there any Aussies / Yanks etc in the crowd and a few jabs at them, it's easy stuff.

Sadly there is nothing ‘feel good' about this show. Amos comes across as an angry kind of guy, poking fun at easy targets. He also for some unknown reason keeps pulling odd faces, just like Bruce Forsyth does. There are some laughs along the way - when Amos talks about his retired parents getting into using text messages and buying things off Ebay - but Amos fails to get any real momentum going and there are far too few laughs to make up for the fact that the rest of his show is fairly bland and offers nothing new.

The end of the show offers the only moments that could be considered ‘feel good' when a young girl gets up from the audience and sings ‘what a feeling' however you'll spot her as a plant before she starts singing, it's not her fault, in her defence she does a pretty good job, but she'll still never convince a savvy audience. And neither will Amos.

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