he was lazy, he was very lazy but now he's dark, very dark.
Cain ambled onto the comedy scene in 2002 with his "lazy man" routine,
managing to reach the semi-finals of 'So You Think You're Funny' with his second
ever gig and only narrowly missing out on the final. He immediately put audiences
at ease with his laid-back, couldn't give a monkeys approach. The dry, intelligent
and highly original material made the audience earn their laughter by forcing
them to think about the joke before they laughed at it, which is one of the reasons
he managed to connect with them so well; claiming such things as his desire "to
be a scientist, but not now
way back when it was easy
when you could
be the first person to announce that wood floats."
in 2005 Cain decided to take a rather different course. He went dark, very dark.
Touching on many taboo subjects; the tsunami, Hitler, disability and the benefits
of killing in this overpopulated world. Initially, the audience are shocked but
it's not long before the laughter comes, as he repeatedly pulls the rug from beneath
the feet of their preconceptions. It soon becomes clear that he isn't doing it
purely to shock. He's got a point to make and wants the audience's full attention,
which he most certainly gets. Strip away the cleverly conceived gags and you're
left with a message and an understanding of "People Power" and how it
appears to be the only way we're going to change the world for the better. His
intention is to inspire his audience into doing their bit, in the hope that everyone
doing their bit will help to change things. Ambitious indeed, but he does have
a point and it's impossible not to leave thinking slightly differently to how
you did when you arrived.
Cain grew up in the 70's on a council estate in West London where the only comic
influences that he was exposed to as a cheeky, rebellious child were the likes
of Billy Connolly, Dave Allen and Jasper Carrot. In fact the first album he ever
bought was the young Carrot's (he was hip back then), listening to the "Bogus
Insurance Claims", "The Mole" and, of course the "Magic Round-about"
routines over and over again. Pete now realises that being a stand-up was the
first thing he ever wanted to do.
21 Pete really started to consider doing it but something was missing. It became
clear a decade later when a friend gave him a Bill Hicks video. Before that he
hadn't appreciated how brilliantly comedy can take on serious, sensitive issues
and make them palatable. Suddenly, everything seemed to fall into place. Stand-up
seemed to be the only place left where the uncensored truth could be told and
Pete's overwhelming attraction to it now had some meaning. He thought long and
hard about how to incorporate his ideas and make them funny but kept drawing a
blank. Eventually, he conceded and enrolled in a comedy course. It was obvious
he'd need to learn some of the craft of stand-up before he could embark on his
real mission. So, he developed the "Lazy man" routine. This laid-back
persona allowed him to gain confidence and hone his performance skills.
the ups and downs of about 500 gigs Pete figured there was little more to learn
with the lazy man and started performing "the dark stuff", which is
now being received astonishingly well up and down the country. It seems to be
tapping into a general unrest about how our world and our nation are being run
for and on our behalf with little or no consideration for us. Maybe people are
finally starting to think that enough is enough and it's time things changed -
how do we go about it? Pete hopes to provide some inspiration.
This year Pete is performing his debut solo show at
the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 'The Idea Hunter' will be showing at the Pleasance
Courtyard. Last year Pete was the star of 'AAA Stand-Up', also at the Pleasance
this year, Pete supported Lucy Porter on her nationwide tour.
is now seen at The Comedy Store in London, Jongleurs, The Comedy Café,
Up the Creek, Banana Cabaret and a host of numerous other venues across the country.
an outstanding comic: sharp, inspired writing and he even looks funny." -
the pleasure of seeing Mr Cain do his lazy man routine at the Gong Show last night.
He quickly, or should I say slowly, turned the rowdy crowd around so they were
hanging on his every word. Very clever, very funny, as he graciously stepped down
to allow the comedian he was in a dead heat with, to take the crown. Despite,
in my opinion, being by far the best on the night." - Chortle.co.uk
takes his time and that makes the audience listen to every word and concentrate
on his set. This isn't as much of an effort as it may sound because Cain is a
very adept storyteller and very funny along the way. It's amazing (and disappointing)
how quickly his time runs out considering the staid pace, which just goes to show
what a totally engaging and entertaining performer he is." - Funny.co.uk
a cleverly conceived Everyman anti-hero persona, Cain reasoned that, as all the
world's problems are caused by overpopulation, the only logical solution is to
start killing people, beginning with the "morons". Dark but delicious"
- Roger Cox, The Scotsman