Russell Howard: Recalibrate

⭐⭐⭐½ based on 1 review.

tl;dr: A bit disconnected, but individual sections range from entertaining to outright hilarious.


Standup Comedy


Spoilers Ahead: My reviews are not spoiler-free. You have been warned.

There's a good amount to enjoy here. The show definitely feels like either a prototype of is Good News TV series or a mashup of his best bits from the show, and the underlying narrative is never that strong as a result. For example, the whole "recalibrate" concept is returned to frequently, but it never really feels like a punchline or an underline, it's just a word that keeps coming up. Nor is the social commentary that deep (bad things are bad, fucked up things are fucked up) or original, whilst a few of the jokes (and particularly the impressions) feel a little on the morally-shaky side of things.

These elements are balanced with some excellent anecdotes – mainly about family – and a constant willingness to be the butt of his own jokes which leads to some genuinely brilliant gags and an overall sense of entertainment that many comics miss. Even at his weaker moments, Howard is still watchable. The result won't be winning any awards but it is a fun way to spend an evening.

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