As one man’s excuse for personal catharsis, Everything I Hate About My Club Set attempts to deliver on a promise of personal redemption for a hack club comic. The concept is strong, even if the material, both knowingly hack, and purposelessly exploratory, doesn’t quite back it up.
In a genius move Longley employs Richard Brown’s ‘Foster’s Robo Hack’ to open his set. It’s a nigh-on-perfect deconstruction of robotic club material, performed with a box on Brown’s head. Longely follows by demonstrating his club set in chunks, then explaining how he hates it and the ways in which it haunts him. That clearly appears to be true. Regardless, it’s a lot for a savvy Fringe audience to sit through just to hear a deconstruction of common knowledge of known tropes.
Longely is asking for a redemption he almost gets. It’s a show that has some enlightening moments, whilst proving him to be much more than the sum of his parts.
Words: Tom Crosby
David Longley: Everything I Hate About My Club Set, The Stand, Aug 25-28, 8:15pm