Jack Samuel Warner
Jason 'Entertainment' Cooke
Jason John Whitehead
Jefferson & Whitfield
Jonny And The Baptists
BBC Comedy On The Fringe 2011
With Elis James, Frisky & Mannish
More Joe Lycett videos
|BBC Comedy On The Fringe 2011|
|Joe Lycett meets Peter Dickson|
|Joe Lycett - Chortle Student Comedy Award 2009|
|Winner Chortle Student Competition|
Former drama student Joe Lycett's first gig was at the Comedy Store in Manchester in February 2008, and later that year was a finalist in the City Life North-West Comedian Of The Year.
The following year he won the Chortle Student Award and was runner-up in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year.
In 2010, he was named best newcomer in the Chortle Awards, and the following year he received his first TV break, as a regular panellist on Alexander Armstrong's primetime Saturday night BBC 1 show Epic Win.
Joe Lycett: Fringe 2012
Joe Lycett is the very picture of an up-and-coming comedian. He has the laid back delivery and confidence of an old hand, with the mischievous material of a young stand-up.
Overly keen to share the intimate details of his life, he begins by expressing hatred towards his own penis. He's young and it does nothing but misbehave and ruin his day. He follows up with some highbrow toilet humour, throwing some crowd work into the mix.
Softly spoken with an absurdly unusual accent, Lycett is hard to pin down. He's new age camp, with some of the barb of Julian Clary but none of the flamboyance, instead exhibiting an everyman tone with a metrosexual lack of masculinity. His armoury consists of wit, charm, and the enviable ability to elicit laughs through cadence alone.
A bisexual, Lycett apparently prefers men but stops short of announcing his score on the Kinsey scale. This crops up with a routine about Grindr (a gay phone-based social network), as well as jocular lechery towards the older male audience members.
His interaction with the audience is a pleaser, with him questioning the sexuality of at least two punters (all in good fun) and an ad libbed running joke about couple who run a bed and breakfast. Lycett is not afraid to leave the stage and get up close and personal for an interrogation, which can be overkill.
Over the hour, it becomes clear Lycett is a mischief-maker and a rebel, with a penchant for writing humorous letters. This has been done before but never as well. Lycett's deliberately naive yet sadistic style is more reminiscent of Australian humourist David Thorne (the man who tried to pay a bill with spider drawing), as shown in his letter disputing a parking ticket where he threatens to starve a child at his orphanage.
While the letters get big laughs, the rest of the set is only passable. Observational comedy isn't Lycett's forte and he's yet to master the balancing act of mixing surrealism with banality. There's also too many easy jokes and obvious punchlines with charisma outweighing the content. But there are glimpses of brilliance here.
|Date of live review: Monday 20th Aug, '12|
Review by Alex Mason
Tuesday 15th Nov, '11- BBC Radio Theatre
Sunday 19th Jun, '11- Tabernacle Centre
Sunday 6th Sep, '09-
Joe Lycett at the Laughing Horse New Act Final 2009
Tuesday 9th Jun, '09-
Monday 27th Oct, '08-
Show - Misc live shows - Tuesday 0th Oct, '08-
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The bastard son of Kenneth Williams and Julian Clary - but in a nice way! A commanding, nay imperious performer; with sparkling original material, and a joyous use of language. An engaging, natural comedian.
I saw Joe last night at the Comedy Carnival in Leicester Square. His middle class bisexual take on stuff was original and very funny.
I saw Joe in Brighton last night and am now a firm fan!
I saw Joe last night at The Glee in Birmingham and he was really excellent. Very confident and extremely well received by the audience.
Nowhere near as funny as he thinks he is. Stephen Fry has the monopoly on 'gushing, posh know all'. Try something a bit different.
Excellent Very funny and has great warmth on stage. Looking forward to seeing more.
|BBC New Comedy Award: Meet the finalists
Radio 2 competition reaches climax
17/06/2011 Permanent link
The Lunchtime Club
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Joe Lycett and Andrew Ryan: An Hour of Humour
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
The Comedy Reserve 2011
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Joe Lycett: Some Lycett Hot
Edinburgh Fringe 2013
Joe Lycett: If Joe Lycett Then You Should’Ve Put a Ring On It
Misc live shows
City Life Comedian Of The Year Final 2008
Laughing Horse New Act Final 2009