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Richard Herring: What is Love Anyway? Review
By Al Innes - Posted on 26 August 2011
From Ferrero Roche to sexual excrement, Richard Herring tries to answer the ultimate dilemma (according to him) of 1981: what is love? This is a much softer show than those who have seen Herring before will perhaps be used to, but it is no less polished.
He charts a virginal youth, replete with dreadful poetry and pent-up feelings of chivalry, while explaining to us the various dimensions of life as a forty four year old finding love. His journey includes a mortifying anecdote about Julia Sawalha, his then girlfriend, and a Fist of Fun episode involving a creepy shrine to the actress whom he had yet to meet.
At its heart this is a love story to Herring's current girlfriend, wrapped in a smartly-paced package it never fails to impress. If you are looking for something as acerbic as Stewart Lee (whom Herring does a spot-on impersonation of) then this might fall slightly short.
If you want to take your significant other out for some quality comedy though, Herring has put together a considered and charming little show that would certainly suit.