Paul Foot returns to Leicester with his show Game of dangers as part of Leicester’s comedy festival.
This is not a “personal space” kind of show, which becomes apparent as Paul clambers over furniture, getting awkwardly close to people and questioning them on all of their life achievements, careers or otherwise. The premise of Game of dangers is that two teams, each made up of a comedian and one audience member, are given strange situations involving death and somehow have to guess how the noteworthy death ends, as well as two other rounds including “true or false” and a rather odd third round that involves matching up drawings such as a clown and a toilet to see how the situation ended in death.
As the lights go off and a buzzing audience settle down, a voice booms over the speakers – none other than Paul Foot introducing himself. His already odd introduction of self insults, has people bent over laughing in their seats. However, whether the laughter was over the fact that he paced the stage like a madman or his jokes on taboo topics and himself, made people nervous is hard to tell.
The game show is presented as something to be taken seriously, as Foot encouraged his fellow comedians to choose an audience member each, hinting at ones he’d spoken to earlier and deemed good enough to be on a team. The concept of the quiz is not something out of the ordinary, but Foot really brings it to life with moments of “on the spot” madness, jumping sporadically from topic to topic and drawing out his words excessively or kicking his legs out while trying to introduce a new round. No one other than Paul Foot would bring such an otherwise mundane concept to such vivid life.
What really makes the show is the way Paul interacts with the audience in an “up close and personal” way. As a heckler yells from the back throughout the show, Paul scores each heckle and makes it part of the show. Foot’s comedic value really shines through, not in the concept of Game of Dangers, but the way he adlibs and approaches the audience throughout. Near the close of the show, as the teams reach a draw, Paul encourages them to, each in turn, punch him. Whoever has the best punch wins the competition – which really sums up the whole show and how he can run with ideas that come to him as the show progresses.
Game of Dangers is definitely something to catch next time there’s a chance – especially if you love a show with great audience interaction and an extraordinary human in charge.