Last night The Wife and I had one of those rare nights out together when we went to see Bill Bailey on his latest tour at Chatham Central Theatre. The last time we’d been on a night out together without Little E in tow was last June, when we went to see Bat Out Of Hell The Musical so this was long overdue!
And so it was that we headed into Chatham for some musical whimsy. We’d both liked his comedy for years and had seen him live a couple of times before so we knew that we were in for a good night.
He did a fair bit of topical jokes (observations more than anything) and it took him a while to start playing his instruments but when he did, he didn’t disappoint. He even went off on a tangent at one point as he improvised a couple of songs all about Strood (what is it good for?) prior to the break, riffing off a shout out from the audience.
The second half was better as he did more of the musical comedy, knocking out tunes on his wide variety of instruments he had on stage with him. He ended with a few encores including rock songs played on cow bells which was really energetic for him. Altogether a decent night out that kept us laughing all evening. Hopefully the next night out together won’t be another year away!
It was time to hit the comedy trail again last night as The Wife and I headed to Dartford to catch Northern Irish funny man Jimoein in his new show, Yeehaa! That’s what it’s called, I wasn’t doing that as some kind of “Yes, I went to see Jimeoin” outburst!
We have seen him live once before, when we hit the Edinburgh Fringe festival a couple of years ago when his was probably the funniest show we saw there, so we were expecting lots of laughs again, and we weren’t disappointed.
He came on stage and opened with “Hi, I’m Jimeoin and I don’t know how to pronounce it either!” and from then on I don’t think we stopped laughing until the end. His style and delivery is quite slow and his jokes hit home every time, even when he did his jokes just for the women!
At the end of the show he picked up his guitar and did some ‘songs’. These tend to be humurous one or two-liners the funniest of which was his love song that starts, and ends, with the lyrics “Balls deep”. It was a very funny show and if he’s in your local area you should check him out.
Last night The Wife and I headed into town, which is rare enough on a weekend, to go and see Weird Al Yankovic play the Hammersmith Apollo. Or Eventim Apollo. Whatever it’s called these days. The second time he’s been to England in five years, this time to promote his Mandatory Fun album.
His shows are a mixture of his songs and comedy sketches, the latter being used to give him time to go through his many costume changes. We took our place amongst the nerds and geeks (bit harsh, I could be one of them!) and waited for the show to start.
He started off with Tacky, his parody of Happy by Pharrell Williams, and he even parodied the video with his performance as he started outside and walked into the theatre in the style(ish) of the original music video. He then did a few more of his newer songs before launching into a mixture of his older, more famous ones such as Fat and Smells Like Nirvana and a medley of other ‘hits’.
He toned it down a little bit with an acoustic set of four songs, the highlight being Eat Itbeing sung to the tune of Layla by Eric Clapton, followed by his Robin Thicke-inspired Word Crimes before finishing off with Amish Paradise.
Naturally he came back on stage to do his encore of two Star Wars songs The Sage Begins (American Pie parody) and Yoda
The set list in full:
Lame Claim to Fame
Now That’s What I Call Polka!
Perform This Way
Dare to Be Stupid
First World Problems
Smells Like Nirvana
Party in the CIA/It’s All About the Pentiums/Handy/Bedrock Anthem/Another One Rides the Bus/Ode to a Superhero/Gump/Inactive/eBay
Wanna B Ur Lovr
Eat It/I Lost on Jeopardy/I Love Rocky Road/Like a Surgeon
White & Nerdy
We All Have Cell Phones
The Saga Begins
Last night we headed down to Maidstone for a night of comedy as we went to see Rob Beckett performing at the Hazlitt Theatre as part of his Mouth Of The South tour.
We have seen him live previously, when he was part of the Teenage Cancer Trust Comedy night at the Royal Albert Hall last year and we’ve always liked him when he’s appeared on shows such as Mock The Week.
It was his first night on tour and you could tell that he was excited about it. There were a couple of parts where he appeared to wander off a bit but he got it back on track. And accidentally insulting a young girl with her dad in the audience probably threw him a little bit as he tried to hide his embarrassment.
When the show ended, he came back on to do an encore that he really wasn’t expecting to do and he continued his banter with the crowd before finishing off and then shaking the hand of everyone as they left the theatre, thanking them for coming to the show! Such a nice touch!
Last night we headed out to the Royal Albert Hall for the Teenage Cancer Trust’s comedy gig. This was the second night of a 7-night run of concerts all in aid of the cancer charity. And like last year, we were lucky to get some decent seats in the 3rd row again.
The event was hosted by Kevin Bridges and he did a set at the start before introducing Doc Brown as the first act. He seems to be getting about a bit at the moment but all his material was new and, more importantly, funny.
Next up was Kerry Godliman who I had probably only seen once on TV before and she did a brilliant set that had The Wife crying with laughter at one point. There’s a common misconception that female comedians aren’t as funny as their male counterparts but this is totally not the case and Kerry knocked it out of the park!
The final act of the first half was Frankie Boyle and he was his usual close-to-the-edge, maybe-gone-a-bit-too-far self, but quite amusing nevertheless. Needless to say there were a few intakes of breath with some of his comments, but at least you know what you’re getting when you see him!
After the break we were shown a video of how the TCT are helping some patients in one of their centres within a hospital before the ‘stars’ of the video were brought out by Roger Daltrey, the TCT patron, to thunderous applause.
Then it was back to the comedy with Jon Richardson up next and he had a brilliant routine about Take Me Out and then regailed us with a tale of how he met his wife-to-be, which was hilarious. The best act of the night!
Closing the show was Mighty Boosh and Buzzcock member Noel Fielding and he was his usual totally random and bizarre self. A mostly humurous routine about a dream in which he was a tea bag was followed by a forgetful bit about a chicken-boy that just ended. It was a bit of a disappointing end to the evening but we’d had fun nevertheless and we’d helped to raise money for a worthwile charity.
The Royal Albert Hall