Simon Munnery: And Nothing But

Munnery is a definite pro at his game. He mixes thoughtful political satire with absurd visual gags and props.

★★★★
comedy review | Read in About 2 minutes
Published 15 Aug 2015

Spending 30 years touring the country and the world as a standup comic can only supply a wealth of material to use on stage. Simon Munnery has that material, but he can also find hilarity in calling a washing machine repair company from his living room.

Munnery is a definite pro at his game. He mixes thoughtful political satire with absurd visual gags and props. He has an array of one-liners that he reels off willy nilly when one of his wordier jokes doesn’t land. It doesn’t bother him one jot that they don’t land either. He just carries on, relentless and unstoppable. Like a terminator of comedy. He knows the next one will get us.

His anecdotes about his travels are beautiful to listen to. He retells with such colourful sincerity there can be no doubt they are true. His account of spending time with Billy Connolly and Robin Williams is utterly brilliant. As is his impression of Connolly, which although limited to 10 words has the audience in stitches.

Munnery keeps his flow consistent and quality high from start to finish. Indeed he begins the show with a variety of openings that he has dreamed about doing and decided why not now. He is so confident in his delivery of each style and so blasé about such an unconventional technique that there's no doubt that he is going to get the laughs. A truly experienced master at work.