Review: Chris Addison
Simon ParkinFor many Chris Addison is best known for his role in the political satire The Thick Of It. Yet the man himself sets great store by his stand-up roots. Strange then that the comic pickings from this show should be so meagre.Simon Parkin
For many, if not most, in this sell-out audience Chris Addison is best known for his role as Ollie in the political satire The Thick Of It. Yet the man himself sets great store by the fact that his stand-up roots pre-date his comic acting big break, "It's my day job," he states.
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Strange then that the comic treats from this, his first major show in five years, should be so meagre, not helped by his manic nervousness and garbled delivery.
And while there were enough laughs to ensure it wasn't total disaster, that the two major themes of the first half were those two hoary old comedy chestnuts joining a gym and being rubbish at school sports, only pointed up the slim pickings on offer.
- 1 'Our lives are being destroyed': Neighbours' despair over noisy students
- 2 Pupil taken to hospital after incident at Thorpe St Andrew school
- 3 'The final straw' - Bakery fears closure over council plans
- 4 'Dream come true': Norwich restaurant wins national award
- 5 Man found dead at Thorpe St Andrew home
- 6 Diversions in place on A47 near Norwich due to flooding
- 7 Norwich man convicted of murder boasts of mutilating 'up to 30' cats
- 8 Mum's pleas to move house denied despite GP's concerns over wellbeing
- 9 Norwich man wanted by police
- 10 Should straight people go into queer clubs and bars?
A livelier second half, saw things improve slightly with a funny look at sex tips for married people gleaned from his wife's magazines, the drawbacks of driving a Popemobile and a brilliantly baffled examination of the appeal of Ugg boots.
However when things turn to politics, it's surprisingly uninsightful. The BNP are lumpen-headed idiots, and that's about it. He's saved by a hilariously confused explanation of Norwich politics from the audience.
Run-of-the-mill rants about Wifi and credit cards follow, suggesting a future beckons as a 21st century Jasper Carrot.
Chris, don't stick to the day job.