The 90′s in Half an Hour, Marc Burrows
Reviewed by: Julia Rampen
‘Iiin West Philadelphia, born and raised, on a playground where I spent most of my –’. What? If you’ve already shouted out ‘days!’ then this is the half hour for you. If not, you’d better tweet off back to the 21st century.
Marc Burrows, who looks reassuringly young, attempts to cover 90′s pop culture in half an hour, some task when you consider how many half hours there are in a decade. I (b. 1989) can only just claim to be a 90′s kid, but nevertheless I enjoyed revisiting the great Oasis/Blur battle, Star Wars and that strange infatuation with the Titanic. Where other stand-ups pause and look anxious, Burrows lobs in a ‘genuine 90s’ joke’ on Monica Lewinsky or Princess Diana.
This is all very light-hearted, but there is also something moving about Burrows’ hindsight humour. The 90′s in his eyes begin with the fall of the Berlin Wall and end with September 11th – ‘a whole decade book ended by major demolition projects’ – marking an all too brief liberation from suspicion and fear. It’s a shame, then, that he doesn’t spend more time talking about ‘Call me Tony’ Blair, who by the time of my teens had become a far more sinister character.
But that’s a quibble. The audience laughed throughout and when they left, many sang quietly along to the Fresh Prince Bel Air