Richard Herring – Talking Cock 2: The Second Coming

I’ve listened to many hours of Richard Herring though only seen him onstage twice now (the other time being for “What Is Love, Anyway?” a year ago). It’s a pity that I didn’t get into his work a few of years earlier as, although a lot of his shows are available on DVD or download, it’s often difficult to beat the live performance.

Tonight is Richard’s reworking of his 2002 show, Talking Cock, at Reading’s South Street. The tour is nearly at an end – the 53rd performance since he started 90 days ago in February, with just five more to go – but Richard still seems up for it.  

The content is hilarious (although that’s obviously subjective). There are many comedy shows I go to during the year which are well written and funny but this one, I think, had me laughing the most. Richard has even put the script to the original show on his website to give you an idea of the content. All very educational, ranging from Babylonian hymns featuring the god Enki to the Icelandic Phallological Museum.

Most enlightening were the results from a couple of anonymous questionnaires that Richard has been asking people to complete for a while. There is now a huge database for him to draw upon for statistics and anecdotes from thousands of respondents.  If you wish to participate, you may need to have a ruler handy for a couple of the questions.

Male questionnaire             Female questionnaire

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It’s no surprise to learn there is also a podcast to accompany the show – 11 “epenisodes” recorded over the last few months and available from the British Comedy Guide website. I have, of course, downloaded these to my Zune ready for when the backlog of science podcasts has been cleared.

Obligatory signed programme (costing whatever you wished to pay).

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