Joz Norris @ Heroes, The Hive

Joz Norris weaves a peculiar world with a lovely show

Review by Polly Glynn | 15 Aug 2017
  • Joz Norris

Continually creating a web onstage throughout the hour, Joz Norris explains he doesn’t like people. He says most performers do shows in order to connect and engage with an audience. Not Norris. He’d rather a barrier be safely placed between act and audience, separating the groups.

As a member of the Weirdos comedy collective, it’s unsurprising that a lot of the material is odd. His joy for out-of-date non-fiction is a particular delight. As is asking folk how many herons they’ve seen, specifically on a single occasion, as opposed to in a lifetime. However, it is surprising that the show seems to have more depth to it than just pratting about and pretending to be a “nasty little baby”. Ultimately, Norris’ show is about parental recognition; confirmation that his decisions are approved of. At times the pace slows too much, but this is soon relieved by another prickle of nonsense.

Joz Norris: The Incredible Joz Norris Locks Himself Inside His Own Show, Then Escapes, Against All the Odds, Heroes at The Hive (Bunka) until 27 Aug (not 16), 7.30pm, £5/PWYW