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Edinburgh Festival and One Man Shows
Do You Remember Rock N roll Radio?
DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO? - Roland Gent
Appropriately enough the sound of The Ramones’ 1980 hit This Is Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio usher us in to Roland Gent’s show. The 50’s American nostalgia as depicted in the song, though, seems a million miles removed from contemporary community radio, and not just geographically.
Roland Gent tells his autobiographical story as a journey, a journey from darkness into light; from discordant sound to rock ‘n’ roll radio.
A huge, likeable presence, Gent, never makes the mistake of blaming those who turned up for it being a small house. He is an inclusive comic, making sure that everyone is involved and having a good time. Several times he checks that his audience are comfortable with filth; it’s just as well they say ‘yes’ because filth comprises some of his best material. There is unalloyed joy in hearing (once again) the Today programme mispronouncing the name of the then Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. Gent trumps that with equally hilarious examples from Radios 2 and 5.
Stand up is, quite possibly, the hardest of all the performing arts because it relies on a degree of personal exposure; of establishing an instant relationship and rapport based on your own personality. Thankfully, Roland Gent’s personality is both likeable and very funny; and for all the bluster and swearing you sense there is a genuine empathy with those who have no escape from the depressing Salford estates where the community radio station is based.
So, if you have a spare 45 minutes go and see Roland Gent’s show. He deserves to been seen by more people; this would be electric with a full house. Providing you’re not offended by words that rhyme with sock, duck and hunt, you’ll be in for a liberating and uproariously comical evening.
Incidentally, doesn’t Max Clifford’s Tiny Penis sound like the name of one of those post-punk bands John Peel used to have in session on his show?
West Midlands Comedy Forum @Roland Gent - the transplanted voice of Indie music was fantastic. Hailing from the posher plains of Salford, Roland's brand of stories and witticisms kept the Bush going...and going. As Manager Dave pointed out, given the opportunity, he'd probably still be going now, to no complaints from the crowd."John Elson, Voodoo Lounge Comedy Club, Stamford
"I thought you were superb Roland, love the stream of verbiage consciousness. Last night was supposed to be the second to last show for this season but one of the audience members enjoyed the club so much he's offered sponsorship. Love to get you back in the future and pay you the money you deserve. Thanks again Roland and good luck with all you do."9 To 5 IDIOT (Buxton fringe)
Nine-to-five office worker, former anarchist who now lives in middle-class suburbia hating the local kids. Roland takes us on his own personal journey as to how he has arrived in Buxton doing stand up.