Pete Cain ambled onto the comedy scene in 2002 with his “lazy man” routine, immediately putting audiences at ease with his laid-back, couldn’t give a monkeys approach. The dry, intelligent and highly original material made the audience earn their laughter by forcing them to think about the joke before they laughed at it, which is how he managed to connect with them so well; claiming such things as his desire “to be a scientist, but not now… way back when it was easy… when you could be the first person to announce that wood floats.”
In 2005 Cain decided to take a rather different course. He went dark, very dark. Initially, the audience are shocked by taboo subjects such as Hitler, disability and the benefits of killing in an overpopulated world, but it’s not long before the laughter comes, as he repeatedly pulls the rug from beneath the feet of their preconceptions. It soon becomes clear that he isn’t doing it purely to shock. He’s got a point to make and wants the audience’s full attention, which he most certainly gets.
Strip away the cleverly conceived gags and you’re left with a message and an understanding of “People Power, and it’s impossible not to leave thinking slightly differently to how you did when you arrived.
When he was lazy, he was very lazy but now he’s dark, very dark.
“His stories are real and brilliantly funny. Definitely not a show for those of a delicate disposition, but sharp, dark and funny” – Three Weeks
“What an outstanding comic: sharp, inspired writing and he even looks funny.” – Independent