It almost feels pointless to describe Reginald D Hunter. At this point he is something of a comedy veteran. Laid back, cool and considered, his irreverent style of comedy is widely known, and he is - correctly - regarded as one of the best comedians on the circuit.
It’s also well known that he isn’t afraid of using language that many would consider ‘taboo’. He immediately addresses his vernacular in a hilarious and frank manner, and goes on to make some excellent points regarding language, ownership, and the current culture of using social media vindictively try to end someone’s career.
In many ways, a lot of the talking points brought up mirror that of an increasing number of comedians. Usually white, they talk about the changing of society, and lament their loss of freedom to use whatever words they like. Unlike them, though, Hunter approaches it almost philosophically, and while not necessarily celebrating it, does at least conclude that the progression of society is probably for the best. It’s a subtle difference, but also interesting how two comedians can approach the same topic but come across so differently.
Hunter’s comedy is very conversational, it’s almost as though he is just a friend dominating the conversation. That’s not to say that the audience didn’t try to butt in though. Perhaps inviting interruptions, Hunter attempted some slightly clumsy audience interaction, seemingly indicating that it was OK to shout out. He certainly indulged the hecklers, but still expertly put them in their place.
So often the epitome of cool, Hunter seemed slightly skittish at points, particularly at the start. As the set progressed he found his groove a bit more, but that slightly jittery energy lingered, and he occasionally stumbled over his words and and completely messed up one joke up as a result, although managed to play it off to arguably equally big laughs.
There were also a couple of points where the energy - skittish or otherwise - seemed to evaporate, and proceedings were rather flat. They were fleeting, but given the highs that Hunter otherwise produced, they were noticeable.
Nonetheless, they didn’t hugely detract from the otherwise strong, and surprisingly relatable set. There is a reason why Hunter is considered a legend in the comedy circuit, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t go and see him
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