Paul’s passion for the subject matter was clear from the get-go. He was delightfully engaging when discussing a topic he appeared to yearn for connection on. As someone who, for the sake of this discussion, must admit to having a former interest in professional wrestling, Paul’s invitation to Hugging Comedians to attend the show was not misplaced.
Where ‘Montreal’ succeeded was in its spectrum of accessibility. Paul spent a decent amount of time on the history of professional wrestling but also included various nods and ‘in-jokes’ for die-hard fans. These jokes went over my head but Paul appeared to relish the wrestling puns and acknowledged that they might have divided the audience.
Paul’s show is primarily one of storytelling with intermittent laughs and it is likely to be enjoyed more by wrestling fans. That said, there is enough intrigue in it for newcomers. While a little multimedia heavy, this is included in the show’s advertisement so audiences should not be surprised. Paul did well to interweave his favourite images (or at least the ones he could get licence to use) throughout the narrative.
‘Montreal’ is a no fuss show from a seasoned performer who loves the subject matter. If you’re a wrestling fan or someone who enjoyed it back in the day, then this is the show for you. Check out Paul Richards in ‘Montreal’ on 18 and 19 September at the Pilgrim. For more information and to book tickets, click here.