"Witty and self-depreciating standup comedy"
by Matthew Partridge for remotegoat on 09/08/18

As the name suggests, “Matt Green: Punch Up” is a show by the stand up comedian Matt Green running at the Camden Head (next to Camden Town tube). Although the main part of the show focuses on an attempted mugging that resulted in Green being sent to Accident and Emergency, it takes in everything from Twitter to modern relationships. Matt Green also engages in quite a bit of banter with the audience, and while it is good-natured, those who don’t want to engage with him might want to rethink sitting in the front row.

In the hands of less talented comedian, some of his material, such as the reflections on his appearance, might come across as a bit self-centred. However, because Green is a talented storyteller and has the knack for finding the absurdity in people’s behaviour, they end up being hilarious. Even the well-trod path of Brexit is given a new twist by his side splitting account of people’s different response to a comparison he made between a fifty year-old man splitting with his wife, and Britain leaving the EU, which ended up going viral.

Overall, although the set lasts nearly an hour, Green leaves the audience wanting more.

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