Richard Rycroft at the 2010 Laughing Horse new act final

Note: This review is from 2010

Review by Steve Bennett

Newcomer Richard Rycroft’s point of difference is that he’s 50. Not all that old by circuit standards, but positively antiquated compared to most of the eager young bucks making their start in stand-up. His age, therefore, makes up a decent chunk of his short routine as he sets out to prove how familiar he is with youth culture... only to get everything slightly wrong.

Clever wordplay and knowing malapropisms get the laughs, even if the gags are sometimes smarter than he gets credit for, while snatches of pop lyrics maintain the image of a Dad trying too hard to show he’s still ‘with it’. The Mr Nice Guy persona makes this all rather endearing, helping him earn a ‘special commendation’ on the night, and it will be interesting to see how he expands his act beyond the horizons of being middle-aged.

Review date: 31 May 2010
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
Reviewed at: The Dogstar

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