James Sherwood is desperately concerned about the meaning of good and bad, but his softly spoken show never reaches either extreme. His gentle, friendly delivery is never broken by awkward pauses, but the jokes don't quite come often enough. Only the dramatic finale brings a really huge laugh, and this seems partly in surprise at the change of pace.
Sherwood keeps the theme fresh with regular changes of format, alternating straight stand up with periods at the piano where he picks apart the moral messages of 80s pop lyrics. His personable, chatty style keeps the audience on side and the occasional anecdote really shines but these flickers of promise don't make up for the scarce laughs in the first half.