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Derek and Clive 1 Al cohol 2 (Home defeat).
on 7 November 2014
'Savvy's' assessment is spot on, even if not QUITE true: "you're either a fan or you're not" suggests that if you don't mind swearing, whimsy, disrespectfulness and all other manifestations of iconoclasm then, since this is constitutive of Derek and Clive fandom, this will be for you. In fact it is precisely BECAUSE I am a fan that I don't find this all that funny. I think that the whimsy quotient is down, the alcohol quotient is up; this is in a quite literal sense desperate comedy. It is of course a matter of taste whether one finds a particular comedy funny, but whereas I hooted (and still hoot) at 'Derek and Clive [live]' I find little to amuse me herein. To read that Dud didn't really want to do this is not surprising; I think this is the two of them acting out the dissolution of their partnership in public. Yes some of the skits are quite funny; none leaves me helpless with laughter though: there's a sense of strain in evidence here that is not conducive to the sort of stuff these two, in their pomp, were masters of. One or two laughs yes, but overall I find this rather a sad piece.