Phill Jupitus is Porky the Poet in Apologist Now! 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 19, Aug 2015
Phill Jupitus could probably get on stage and just witter nonsense for an hour and most people would be quite happy to sit and listen. It’s something to do with the voice and the delivery (and the skill displayed in that), and the stories that he tells (and the names he drops like they’re normal people – Iain Banks! For curry!) as well as his passion and complete lack of pretention. The fact that there’s (good!) poetry in there is just a bonus.
My favourite this year was probably the longer one about the elephant, though the Storm Trooper haikus and ten-line-Fringe poems vied for that spot. There is, as ever, a fair bit of audience interaction and Phil’s meandering introductions and commentaries for poems, but: 1. the show’s free (so Phill doesn’t feel he has any obligation to fill and will do as he likes) and 2. Its Phill Jupitus talking. We’ll listen.
The ten-line-Fringe poems have again been published in a book (limited run) and you can purchase them from Phil himself after the show. My friend and I may have gone a little fan-girl; justifiable, we felt, on meeting the performer of a particularly good show.
Reviewed by Laura
The Liquid Room Annex, 17:20