Doc Brown fine tunes his material

Doc Brown, Corn Exchange, Thursday, October 17

This show marked a change from Doc Brown’s gig at the Brighton Comedy Festival 2013.

Last year we saw a high count of comedy raps with backing tracks which have made him a bit of a sensation on Youtube, with banter linking the tunes.

Instead this year we saw the stand-up part of his act even more finely tuned and the songs were saved for the end.

I like Doc Brown – he seems like a good guy who thinks very deeply about the issues that face us but does it with humility and humour.

He talks insightfully about race, feminism and being a parent, as well as living in London and religion. It’s comedy that makes you laugh, think and question.

Highlights for me included a musing about how Londoners were actually not as aggressive as everybody thinks, but were made more aggressive by the people coming in to London from everywhere else who assume they need to be more aggressive to fit in.

Thus everyone is on a constant one upmanship as to who can be the most impatient.

I also liked how in London he describes himself as a coward but it’s all relative. Put him in a Cotswolds village and the people will be terrified of him because it’s the first black face they have seen since February! “When I leave London,” he says. “I’m a boss.”

Doc Brown, who was a rapper in the UK hip hop scene, finishes with a new rap about how people can’t keep up with his showbiz life, which, in fact, involves looking after the children and putting marmalade on toast.

And he did an encore with some of his best songs from last year too, which had the crowd whooping and clapping. We were treated to Everybody’s Racist and Proper Tea.

The last one is a rap about how to make a proper cuppa. Look them up on Youtube. They are absolutely awesome.