I can read the headlines: Greg Davies fails to give paying Netflix customers access to the best joke of the entire performance in his new Netflix show, You Magnificent Beast.
Obviously we won’t be running with that headline because it’s misleading, but someone will, mark my words!
Earlier in the week I did a piece about James Acaster’s Repertoire – a Netflix original standup comedy piece. On the 10th of April, Netflix added a new original standup – Greg Davies: You Magnificent Beast – an hour long single episode production that begins with “It’s always good to start a television special with a joke you’ll never be able to air”. Boy do I wish I could find out what that joke was!
It’s a little darker than Acaster’s shows and it certainly feels as though you’re more of an outsider watching in rather than part of the audience. There is a feeling, certainly propagated by the opening joke, that you’re not part of the cool crowd who got to see him. It’s certainly disappointing that it feels like that. (Thankfully though we do get to see it and enjoy all but one of the jokes).
The program feels much more like a traditional standup show that you would see on traditional media outlets, and that most certainly feels disappointing.
Enough of me being negative about an incredible Netflix comedy though! Greg Davies is immense (both in size – he is 6ft 8 inches – and in comedic ability) and talks about his past and explains how he was already cynical by the age of eight. That is the beauty of British comedy – the hilarious cynicism of most British comedians.
The show is as crude and vulgar as it is funny – and it is very funny. The amount of profanity within a five minute section is incredible, but it certainly adds to overall comedic effect as it gives the line a certain shock factor – even when repeated again and again (somehow catching us dumb humans out time and time again).
If you don’t like profanity, or are planning on watching this with kids, then you may want to give this comedy a miss! But if you aren’t an anti-profanity human, then don’t give it a miss – even though I have spent most of this article calling out the issues with it. You Magnificent Beast is, simply, bloody funny.