James Rampton on comedy
Friday 07 June 1996
Titter, who will be playing alongside the likes of Lee Evans, Paul Tonkinson and Alistair McGowan during the Festival, is a spoof end-of-the-pier act. "Terry Titter is old-fashioned, a knackered old comedian," he reckons. "The top line of my poster says, 'Unexpectedly available for anything... Terry Titter is crap... Always ready with a song and a smile just when you don't want one.' It's anti-publicity, that old trick of being laughed at rather than with. I trawl the back of the stage for old material. Delivered by a young person pretending to be old, it takes on a new life. After the political material of the 1980s, comedy has swung back to something silly and theatrical. It's all about a joke for a joke's sake, and no axe to grind. Nobody's got to do any head work with me."
Festival details from the Everyman (0151-708 0338), the Neptune (0151- 225 4455) and the Unity (0151-709 6502)
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