Matt Watts – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2003

Review by Steve Bennett

Watts is one of the most amiable figures on the circuit, possessing an easy-going charm that endears him to audiences. It's no wonder he finds most of his work as an MC, where setting the evening's tone is paramount.

His material is far from earth-shattering, but it's as warm and amiable as he is - and it's that manner which ekes the best out of the gags. It's telling that perhaps his biggest laugh comes from him recounting a true news story with absolutely no embellishment - his gags cannot trump reality, yet he can get laughs from telling something straight because, as someone once said, "it's the way he tells 'em".

He occasionally brings out a guitar, which is a little too gimmicky. Though, if it's gimmicks you want, Watts has that in spades, in the guise of his 'walkabout' comedy characters Vicar Victor Regina and Jeeves The Cocaine-Selling Butler, who often welcome punters to gigs he is compering.

His is an enjoyable set, though, even if it does lack the distinction or bite of a reak comedy high-flier.

Review date: 1 Jun 2003
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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