Reviewer: Helen Jones
Gary Delaney is best known for his TV appearances on shows such as Mock The Week and One Night Stand but he also writes for shows including 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 10 O’Clock Live, but as a live stand up comedian he is much sharper and ruder than his TV appearances allow.
In the extremely intimate surroundings of The Chamber at the Waterside Arts Centre he comes out as the ‘warm up to his warm up act’ and spends several minutes in self-parody and even takes advantage of the small audience of around one hundred people to try out some new jokes. These are then approved or marked for editing depending upon the reaction they receive.
Having done his warm up, Delaney hands over to his support act Steve Day, who describes himself in his own joke as Britain’s only deaf comedian, although as he says he is not profoundly deaf and only lost his hearing in his teens. A lot of his jokes however are based around his observations of living life with a significant disability but he is never afraid to poke fun at himself as well as valid targets like Boris Johnson.
After a short interval Gary Delaney once more takes the microphone and so begins an hour dominated by his witty one liners. Many are rude, several have subtlety, nearly all of them are funny enough to get loud laughter from his audience. Having started by warning the audience how comedians are supposed to start their sets, he proceeds to go through the motions, but filling it with his own style of gag. Bursts of jokes are broken up by more conversational pieces, incorporating either photographs of things Delaney has found amusing on his travels around the country, or screen shots of his prediliction to add jokes to Wikipedia pages and see how long they stay up.
He flatters his audience and brings out the jokes he believes are too subtle for many audiences but follows those up with some which are normally too rude! He also uses a typical ploy of using a local place as the butt of some jokes which goes down well with the punters.
Watching Gary Delaney in such a small space, this is less of a production and more of a friendly performance as he paces around the stage area. Errors are made fun of and the atmosphere is highly informal. However if bad laanguage or rather dubious subjects are not your style of humour then this is not the show for you, but if you’re open-minded and enjoy watching Gary Delaney on Mock The Week then this is a night you will remember.
Reviewed on 10th March 2016