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Richard Herring’s “Talking Cock 2: The Second Coming” at Nottingham Playhouse

Richard Herring, Talking Cock 2

Richard Herring, Talking Cock 2

Having been described as “Man’s answer to The Vagina Monologues” by The Guardian, I was concerned that Herring’s “Talking Cock” material might be littered with digs towards women and prove somewhat anti-feminist. However, it would seem that such a comparison has only been made because of the context in which Herring has developed his material. He has undertaken questionnaires on sex and the male genitalia, answered by men and women, and the basis of his show draws on the statistics and personal responses he has collected.

The similarities with TVM end there. In contrast to TVM which tackles serious issues of rape, mutilation and violence towards women, as you might expect from a comedian, this is a lighthearted performance and there is not the same depth of delivery or emotion you might expect from a play.

As predicted, there were run-of-the-mill jokes about cock naming (the Porridge Rocket, Jack the Dripper, and the Love Tusk to name a few of my favourites) and the array of inventive masturbation methods men have experimented with. Nevertheless, Herring did not rely on this entirely; his material was informative (I’m not sure what this says about my prior knowledge!) and contained some serious notes, largely related to the psychological impact a man’s relationship with his “member” can have. He also highlighted the need for men and women to celebrate their bodies together and furthermore his social comment at the finale that there are not gender differences but only differences between people, was refreshing and unexpected.

Although the show seemed a bit unpolished at times, and Herring’s jokes were not necessarily sophisticated, the audience really seemed to enjoy it throughout. There was lots of belly laughing from men and women alike, and Herring’s cheeky, excitable, self-deprecating character really brought the humour alive. The content was sometimes a bit vulgar and crass, but I would advise anyone who is easily offended against going to see a comedy show entitled “Talking Cock!”

Ultimately I walked out of the theatre with my cheeks aching from laughing and feeling that the cock is (and should be) celebrated by men and women alike. Mostly, because as he pointed out, how could something that looks so “ridiculous” be an enemy. I came out feeling more understanding and sympathetic to the male species and I will indeed continue to praise the cock!

Tickets are still available (£15) for the Derby Live performance at the Assembly Rooms Darwin Suite on Friday 31st May at 8pm.

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One thought on “Richard Herring’s “Talking Cock 2: The Second Coming” at Nottingham Playhouse

  1. I saw this a while ago in Newcastle and have booked for the Derby show as well as I enjoyed it so much, and to encourage more of my friends to see it.

    The best bits were the responses from the survey. I love Herring as a comedian, and he shows that you don’t need to label yourself as politically incorrect to be offensive in comedy, but he can’t compare to some of the completely bizarre stories he had been sent.

    And I found the stories of stupid things men have done with their cocks so humanising! Every man, EVERY man, up to Barack Obama and The Pope, has done something silly with theirs!

    (Also, ‘Purple bristled womb broom’ was a personal favourite)

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