Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Review: Rob Newman returns in winning form

Rob Newman's New Theory of Evolution went down a storm with the Black Box audience.

The high-brow standup set from the popular comedian, journalist, novelist and activist, is his first complete show in more than seven years.

Listening to such a charismatic entertainer describe the 150-year controversy in evolutionary theory and what the latest science demonstrates was a thoroughly lovely way to spend a Wednesday evening.

The Royal Society Ball, the lack of romance in rail travel, a dig at the Daily Mail and dissection of Richard Dawkins views provided many laughs.

There were smatterings of applause and lots of laughter when he assured us his material is not taken from David Attenborough DVD box sets and suggested the French Resistance had less members than Dexys Midnight Runners.

Four stars

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