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Robin Ince: The Importance of Being Interested

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Being interested has never been so much fun
The indefatigable man-for-all-opinions Robin Ince is on tour. The Importance of Being Interested started the rounds last week and dropped in to the ArtsDepot in North Finchley with a couple of early showings.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ince (as I was) he is a stand up comedian and political satirist who combines thought-provoking observations, dry wit and rapid-fire delivery during his latest two hour show. He is also an atheist, a supporter of the Rationalist Association and has worked closely with the likes of physicist Brian Cox (The Infinite Monkey Cage - BBC Radio 4) and Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio 6 Music) among many others.

So with the introductions out of the way, let me tell you about the show.

It's fast.
It's furious.
And very funny.

Ince combines his hero worship of the likes of Charles Darwin and Nobel Prize winner Richard Feynman with personal anecdotes to present his case that this has never been a better time to be alive.
Robin Ince
The indefatigable and irreverent Robin Ince
I don't want to fill this review with spoilers. Suffice to say, Ince's monologue jumps from nature's 'worst best' (with some fantastic visual evidence to support), through his 4 year old son's exploration of the world around him to the general malaise and apathy of our modern society.

This is not a stressful time to live he claims. If only we would just pay attention and get interested in the world, the same world his son (and a few of the famous people he mentions) finds endlessly fascinating.

What makes this show great is Ince's ability to present potentially confrontational ideas in a palatable way and throughout the show, the frequency of the 'laugh out loud' moments were born of an audience laughing at themselves. The show is thoroughly entertaining in and of itself but if you pay attention, there's a deeper point available in Ince's philosophical meanderings and impassioned delivery.

Being interested is where life's juicy bits are.

Robin Ince's The Importance of Being Interested runs for the next couple of months around the UK but pops back to London on the 10th/11th May for a couple of special shows so check the website - www.robinince.com - for details.
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Why? An intelligent and entertaining night out.
When: April-July 2013
Phone: n/a - check individual venue details
Where: various locations - check the website
Cost: I paid 16.00 at Arts Depot
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