I blame the parents

Comic Geoff Norcott brings his new show to the Old Rep.

For his brand-new tour, Geoff Norcott, star of Would I Lie to You?, Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Question Time and The Mash Report will be talking less politics (alright, there will probably be a bit), and, instead, will mostly explore personal responsibility, parenting and who should take the blame when things go wrong. Hint: it’s you! And at Birmingham’s Old Rep Theatre on Thursday 28th October you can find out why.

Whatever happened to the idea of personal responsibility? In the age of victimhood, it seems like whatever is wrong with your life can be blamed on someone else: governments, employer, some bigot from four hundred years ago.

Where did it go wrong? It has to be the parents. For every generation, there’s an opportunity for a new set of mums and dads to set their kids straight and make a stand against whatever trendy nonsense is currently doing the rounds. But do we? Or is it easier to give in to fear and the pursuit of a quiet life?

Geoff has also realised that he’s a bag of contradictions. Raised on a south London council estate by two maverick parents, there’s plenty he has to sift through. His dad was a trade union man who obsessed over stocks and shares. His mum was a closet chauvinist and far too frank on the subject of sex.

With a child of his own, Geoff spies a one-off chance for his family to finally get it right and produce a balanced human being, but can he filter out his own bollocks before it gets to his son?

Geoff’s memoir, Where Did I Go Right?, was published this year by Monoray, an imprint of Octopus, and has received superb reviews and topped Amazon’s political humour chart.

Tickets for the Old Rep on 28th October can be bought here.