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REVIEWING a Jerry Sadowitz gig requires a directness akin to his maniacal stage persona.

So let’s get his first appearance on the Glasgow Comedy Festival stage – in which he gleefully unveils a certain body part – out of the way, in every sense of the words.

Are you suitably prepared for what’s to come? Good.

Next, let’s establish that not one of the Glaswegian’s jokes are suitable for reprinting in a family newspaper or website – with the possible exception of an ongoing jibe at recently deceased comic Frank Carson, in which he screeches “It’s the way I tell them” after every punchline.

The jokes themselves should manage to offend just about every person in the room, with topics ranging from Scotland’s capital city to feminists, Jews, the Chinese, and Glasgow itself.

So what, you ask, is this packed room of people doing to themselves, and why are they laughing so much?

Well, it’s difficult to take those racist, sexist, bigoted remarks seriously – especially since they’re accompanied by a Tommy Cooper-esque magic show, deliberate failures and all.

Then of course, there’s Sadowitz, a self-confessed bitter, twisted character who has as little time for himself as he does for anyone else – and therein lies the funny side.

It’s hard to imagine him acting on these so-called views, and it’s harder to imagine that the predominantly young, liberal-looking audience agree with what he’s saying.

Instead, Sadowitz takes everything polite society tells us not to say, and says it to the power of ten, all from a stance as the little guy ranting about people higher on the food chain.

Of course – subversive as he is – he’ll slag you off for thinking that as well.

At one point he mimics the audience, and with an affected accent announces: “I enjoyed the show but I worried about the man in front of me – he didn’t seem to be laughing ironically”, before screaming at us to take it at face value if we so want to.

Instead, I recommend taking everything with a pinch of salt, and recognising there’s a method to the madness that is Jerry Sadowitz.