I went to see Frankie Boyle last night in Nottingham’s Royal Centre. I thought I might get Bill Hicks but all I got was Bernard Manning. Half the set was great but the jokes wore thin when I realized that the backbone of his set was just going to be peodophiles, rape and the disabled. At times a bit of racism crept through which just made me feel uneasy. It’s funny to pick on people in the front row and make them stooges for presenting carefully rehearsed anti heckler put downs, but to do it twice in one show was lame. Sometimes his jokes didn’t work on me because I didn’t know which ‘celebrity’ he was talking about, I don’t read Hello or OK magazine or watch the telly religiously. Don’t get me wrong, this guy is funny but I didn’t think he really had much to say, it seemed to be just jokes made at other peoples expense. He certainly ain’t no Bill Hicks, even if he did mention sucking satans scaly pecker and do a ‘goatboy’ impression. Still, it’s easy for me to criticize someone for doing something I myself haven’t had a go at.