Micky Flanagan’s Back In The Game

Last night, The Wife and I headed out to our first proper comedy gig of the year. The venue was Central Theatre in Chatham to see Micky Flanagan on the opening night of his new tour, Back In The Game.

The last time Micky appeared in Chatham it was at the smaller Brook Theatre in front of 250 people about 3 years ago prior to his “Out Out Tour”. Since then his fame has rocketed (and so too have his ticket prices!). His Out Out Tour Live DVD became the fastest selling debut comedy DVD of all time and he’s appeared on all sorts of comedic TV programmes from Mock The Week to Comedy Roadshow.

The gig started with a routine that probably won’t be done again on tour as it was specific to starting his national tour in Chatham, and after that he was quickly into his cockney rhythmic delivery of tales of his last year or so since finding fame (he’s not a celebrity he claims), growing up in the East End and his life now that he’s a parent to a 6 year old boy.

There were some brilliant routines on topics as diverse as masturbation, sleeping, Dr Whites and the kitchen. And while some of the material faltered a little, there were definitely many more hits than misses. Given that it was the first night of his tour there were a couple of stumbling points but that’s to be expected as he hones the routine, and it didn’t appear to phase him as he dealt with them.

Two and a half hours later and after an encore, the gig came to an end with his tale of his own experience of 9-11, or the 11th September as it should be called in the UK. I won’t go into detail about it, if you want to know what it is, go along and see him on his tour. It is a cracking night out, you won’t be disappointed!

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