Rich Hall’s Working for the American Dream review: he’s Sigmund Freud in a cowboy hat

The comedian meanders over the Mason-Dixon Line in his attempt to pin down the abstract concept that binds the Us together

Rich Hall is standing in front of a huge stars and stripes painted on a wall in a cold, grey, sad, post-industrial town in the midwest. He has fired TV missives/missiles from over there before – about his native south, native Americans on the big screen and country music. This time, he is taking on the big one: he is Sigmund Freud in a cowboy hat, and is analysing the American dream.

There doesn’t seem to be much of it – the dream – around Lancaster, Ohio, today. It is, says Rich, “the kind of town that even Springsteen wouldn’t write a song about. It’s that grim.” Very little chance of making a decent wage here; of having the chance to work with dignity.

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