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Rob Brydon Live
Rob Brydon's credits read like a compendium of modern British comedy. Image of Rob BrydonMarion and Geoff, Human Remains, I'm Alan Partridge, Black Books, The Keith Barret Show, A Cock and Bull Story, Little Britain, Director's Commentary, Have I Got News For You, I'm Sorry I haven't Got a Clue, Q.I. and most recently his highly acclaimed performance as Uncle Bryn in Gavin and Stacey. Now this multi award winning writer/performer goes on tour with with an evening of brand new stand up comedy.
Original Review:Riding high on the runaway success of Gavin & Stacey, this is Rob Brydon’s first stand-up tour as himself. Indeed, the show relies almost entirely on Brydon’s own personality – which comes as something as a surprise from someone who’s built a career on being other people, whether it be Keith Barret or the voice of the Toilet Duck.
Material-wise, there’s little to lodge your hippocampus, but Brydon’s a natural wit with a disarmingly charming manner. He’s the hot towel of comedy: warm, cosy and refreshing.
Several times it feels as if this seven-time Richard and Judy guest is back in chat-show mode, tossing out references to playing golf with Ronnie Corbett or wry anecdotes of fatherhood. Edgy, it’s never going to be.
As if to prove it, he’s quick to slip into cabaret mode, dropping into impressions of Bruce Forysth, Terry Wogan or Ken Bruce at the drop of an octave. But it’s always accompanied by a winningly self-deprecating nod to the cheesiness. ‘Johnny Mathis in 2009?’ he mocks one of his own impersonations. ‘Who would have thought it!’
The show bounces along in such amiable mode for most of its duration: Brydon rarely elicits guttural belly-laughs, but plenty of affectionate chortles.
He has a nice physical presence too: covering every inch of the stage – and sometimes beyond as he clambers into the auditorium – or miming scenarios such as the gestures drivers make to let others into traffic, or the peculiarly stilted dancing of Bruce Springstein.
In the end, it’s the winsome playfulness that wins out, especially he affectionately mocks audience members, then apologises tongue-in-cheek for any ‘inadvertent’ slight. This club-style banter requires a whip-sharp mind, but it’s disguised by the affable, low-key packaging. As a party trick towards the end of the show, he improvises a song around some of the punters he’s targeted: it’s a demanding task, but he executes it flawlessly, making it look effortless.
Even before Uncle Bryn, Brydon had carefully nurtured this image of the avuncular, well-meaning Welshman; his nationality proving such an essential part of his being. He calls for cheers from his compatriots, references the Six Nations rugby clash going on elsewhere and talks about doom-mongering Welsh mothers and, inevitably, Tom Jones. Hell, even the music played as we filed out of he theatre came from Duffy.
But his Welshness isn’t so much a source of material, but a state of mind, a contradictory mix of genial matiness, jovial ribbing, mild pessimism and the lyrical lilt that smooths every dry turn of phrase.
Music – that other stereotypical Welsh staple – plays a part in the show, too; not least because he sticks to that old music-hall adage of ‘leave ’em on a song’. As well as the improvised funk tune, we get a Welsh version of George Michael’s Faith and – predictably enough – a rendition of Islands In The Stream.
It’s a bit cheesy, but it sends you out inexplicably happy – and that applies to Brydon’s warm-hearted shtick as much as it does to the Kenny Rogers cover. There’s lovely, see.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Excellent show in Liverpool last night, he was funny from start to finish. We especially enjoyed his impressions of Al Pacino and a man stuck in a box. Really good night of comedy. Support act, Hal Cruttenden, was also great.
'The show all comics dream of. Middlesbrough Town Hall on a Friday night!' were the words of Rob Brydon as he walked on to loud, lengthy applause, whistling and cheering of his 1100+ crowd. It sounds like a normal show, but when you think it is actually a leap. Brydon has toured but not as himself. Sure there were Uncle Bryn and Keith Barret moments but overall the show was Brydon as Brydon. I should make a mention of his support act Hal Cruttenden, whose comedy was warm and giggly to start the gig. Brydon told the crowd his story of the birth of his fourth child with quite graphic detail and one of his highlights are his impressions. Ronnie Corbett stuck in a sandpit, Anthony Hopkins working on CBeebies, Al Pacino and Shaking Stevens. He ends his show with an encore of songs, most notably Islands In The Stream which had the crowd singing, swaying and clapping. Rob Brydon definitely left the Middlesbrough crowd pleased. He said it was his first visit to Middlesbrough and I hope it isn't his last.
Saw Rob Brydon in Nottingham and thought he was brilliant
Oh Rob Brydon, why do you not tour outside Wales. As a Welsh lady living in Leicestershire it would be a very welcome taste of home