Artist: Josh Widdicombe
Venue: Comedy Arena
Reviewer: Andy Moseley
Josh Widdicombe does not do edgy comedy. Josh Widdicombe does not do comedy your parents wouldn’t approve of. Josh Widdicombe does comedy that is aimed fairly and squarely at a mainstream audience and prime time TV shows. What he does he does very well.
Opening with jokes about what he can make the sign language transcriber do, before moving on to the two room tent he brought to the festival only to find that the first room is a porch, and then running through holiday shopping, Secret Santa gifts and real ale buffs, all of his observations are spot on day to day stuff in the style of early Peter Kay. As a result, he gets his audience on side from the start and keeps then there to the end. It’s comedy everyone can identify with, stripped of any political agenda or personal angst, and simply seeing the world, or his bit of it, for what it is.
With other comedians, this material could come across as bland, but Widdecombe has a very likeable persona, less a comedian and more the person you went to school with having a conversation with you in the pub, except he’s funnier than the average man in the pub. If you want a comedic assessment of Brexit or any of the burning political issues of the day, he’s not going to be the person you come to see. If you want the worry that comes with finding your train is splitting into two at Littlehampton or a reminder of the nightmares of wear your own clothes to school days, he is the finest comedian you can currently spend 45 minutes in the company of. He knows his market, he plays to it, and he succeeds. A thoroughly enjoyable piece of light entertainment.