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Phil Butler served a long apprenticeship in holiday parks, end of the pier shows, pantos, cruise ships and summer-season variety shows before joining the comedy circuit in 2001. He has performed for the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and produced a dressing-room podcast called The Green Room.
Thursday 1st Dec, '05-
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I recently saw Phil in South Wales with Jongleurs on the road, he was hilarious. I laughed out loud throughout the act and so did most of the audience. He's not your regular comedian and nice to see something different. I can't wait to see him again, I would even go to see the exact same material.
I am unsure about Phil's stand-up; I haven't seen it myself. But I enjoy his Green Room podcast. He's great on that.
I've never seen Phil have a bad gig and I've had the pleasure of seeing him many times in front of many audiences. Why is it that people view a comic being a crowd pleaser as something to be looked down upon? Surely making people laugh is the most important thing? There's room for every kind of comedy from the very clever off the wall stuff to the more mainstream. I think this review is very unfair and it looks like I'm not alone.
I saw him on Saturday night at Komedia and thought he was awful. One of his longest jokes was wearing someone's glasses and repeating "effing hell" over and over and over as a way to convey the strength of the glasses. That was boring at best. I found him tiring, arrogant, and offensively unimaginative in his audience involvement. He was the sort of embarrassing uncle you would avoid at all costs at a family gathering. The only table who guffawed throughout were a large stag group who had annoyed everyone in the room previously with their inane chattering throughout the other two commendable acts. This is only my opinion however, and the stag group seemed to enjoy what I thought was his childish and vulgar humour. Testosterone filled beered up blokes will love him.
I had the privilege of working with Phil Butler at the end of the 90's. Although I have not seen him work for many years, if he is half the comic he was, he will still be a light entertainment genius, with nowhere to develop his talents. Any TV producers reading... get you fingers out and start producing comedy shows that the majority of the British audience want to see... and if you do, you would have to go a long way to find and all round entertainer who could better Phil Butler.
I have seen plenty of top comics at comedy clubs and at the Edinburgh Fringe who are not a patch on Phil Butler. He is a true professional and very funny with it too. The overcritical review needs to be taken off the web site. Saw him at The Belvedere in Billericay last night and he was hugely entertaining.
I worked with Phil Butler in 1992 when he was still touring holiday camps! He was one of the strongest acts we had, hardworking and always on the lookout for something new. It comes as no surprise that he's now carving a living on the "proper" comedy circuit, and I'm surprised at the unkind review for an act that understands audiences as well as Phil does. Maybe he's not doing you usual "alternative" stand-up, but using "gimmicks" like a Speak n Spell is pretty similar to using gimmicks like one's opinion on buses, drugs, girlfriends etc. in a way. He's giving the audience his take on things, like most comedians do. Fair play to him , I say