Comedy review: Sam Lake

Words: Ian C Douglas
Wednesday 13 March 2024
reading time: min, words

If you know what a DILF is, you may enjoy this comedy riot. 

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A dark, rainy, miserable Tuesday night in Nottingham. The streets are deserted. Puddles cascade down Maid Marian Way. Is there anything to do on a night like this? Well, actually there is. Sam Lake is performing for the first time ever in our city. At the Canalhouse, as part of their comedy schedule.

Sam is known for his success at the Edinburgh Festival, for his podcasts, and as one of the most impressive rising stars on the comedy circuit. But will he banish the midweek blues?

His USP, to quote his own words, is that he is ‘a semi-camp gay man, moving from a small mining village to a big city and becoming happily married.’  His hour-long act revolved around his adventures as a thoroughly modern gay man, navigating the highs and lows of 21st century life. Everything from orgies with a rugby team to the perils of online dating. (Tip: think twice before sending those nude shots).

And his adventures are populated with crazy characters, such as the ‘vaguely problematic’ office queen Claire, weighed down by a proliferation of lanyards, to a swaggering yet pathetic dad on a package holiday, thrusting dad jokes upon the unfortunate Sam.

Sam goes on a quest to become a daddy

Daddy-dom is actually the uniting theme to the show. Fearful of ending up an anti-woke middle-aged twit, (like sundry male celebs we will graciously not name) Sam goes on a quest to become a daddy. No, not a father, but an older, sexy, powerful man. Could this be his salvation? And this funny idea launches him on a hilarious journey that takes us through Butlins, his Spanish granddad, furbies, precocious children and much more.

The world he paints is vividly imaginative and original. Sam bursts on stage and immediately has the audience eating out of his hand. His humour is frank, lewd with little left to the imagination. At times his asides are deliciously barbed. But this is leavened with a sweetness and faux-innocence that really is endearing. His honesty and vulnerability makes you take him to your heart.

The audience loved him. The laughter rang out loud. With amazing energy, his performance never flagged and our attention never wondered. It is easy to see why he has garnered so many awards. Highly recommended and yes, he most certainly banished the midweek blues.

Sam Lake's Aspiring DILF Tour played at the Canalhouse on Tuesday March 12th.


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