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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2016-11-24

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Josh Widdicombe has visited Liverpool
Review by Jo Forrest,

ALTHOUGH becoming a familiar face on our TV screens as well as being a panellist on 'Mock The Week,' this is the 1st time I had seen Josh Widdicombe perform his live stand up show and I wasn't disappointed. A show of 2 halves, the 1st ˝ is opened by his support Ivo Graham, an Eton educated comedian who, amongst other topics covered, compared his new girlfriend to Amazon Prime by forgetting to cancel after the free trial was up, and discussed awkward family holidays at the age of 25 with glass walls in the bathroom.

Coming on straight after the support, Josh immediately started engaging with a few members of the audience at the front, in particular finding amusement in the fact that 1 15 year old, from Manchester, hadn't seen the millennium. This quickly progressed into the usual relatable experiences of day to day life that ordinarily you really don't think a great deal about. He talks about a range of subjects from the joys of owning a contactless debit card to the frustration of having to use your pin when it doesn't work to being asked if the card had a nickname to which he retorts:- "what like Visa Geezer?". He manages to cram a lot into the 1st ˝ of the show talking about holiday souvenirs, both receiving and being asked to bring them back, to shop bought naan, cheese scales and curry scales.

After a short break Josh returns with red wine in hand to talk about growing up in Dartmoor and the myth of the "Hairy Hand" that used to steer you off the road, made funnier by the fact his friend described it as invisible. He talks about his fear of flying and having to travel on the sleeper from Edinburgh recalling, in horror, how, with ninety minutes to kill, he decides he will have a go on one of the massage chairs, an experience he compares to being sexually molested on a public thoroughfare opposite the women toilets.

Bringing the show to a conclusion with 3 hilarious facts about life in Exeter as passed down from his mother, it may have been a long overdue visit to Liverpool, but Widdicombe proved himself to be 1 of the top UK comedians on the circuit.


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