Jigsy (3 stars)

Nostalgic yet brave tale of a comedian past his prime, starring Les Dennis

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This article is from 2012.

Jigsy

It’s a brave man who takes on the role of an ageing, fading comedian. Braver still, if you’re Les Dennis – as well known for his Family Fortunes success, as his more recent foray into the dismal world of Celebrity Big Brother.

Both are swiftly forgotten here, though, as Dennis transforms himself completely into the eponymous Jigsy, in this funny, touching, nostalgic show. It’s Liverpool, 1997 and our comedic anti-hero is found gigging in a bingo hall. Venturing ‘backstage’ to crisp boxes, crappy sofas and memorabilia from a bygone age, Jigsy drinks his pint of ‘mild’ and regales us with tales, his tired-looking dinner suit, ruddy cheeks and impromptu coughing fits, hinting at a man past his prime not just professionally but physically.

Tony Staveacre’s script gives a knowing nod to the comedy greats – Peter Cook, Ken Dodd and Tommy Cooper; with Dennis casting aside Jigsy’s thick Scouse accent to mimic them with expert precision – his delivery across the hour allowing the show to meander comfortably from light laughs to the darker realities of a comedian’s lot.

Assembly Rooms, 0844 693 3008, until 26 Aug (not 13), 2.50pm, £14–£15 (£11–£12).

This article is from 2012.

Jigsy

  • 3 stars

‘So cheerio, you’ve been a grand audience, it’s always nice to play to yer own. See you again after the bingo.’ Jigsy is a jobbing comic. Over the last thirty years he's worked with them all - and he’ll tell you the stories to prove it. With sweat, smoke and failure clinging to his faded dinner jacket, he now works the…

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1. Aiden Thaker6 Aug 2012, 9:31am Report

I've got to say that I totally disagree with the star rating that you have awarded this show. That said, I agree with what you say in the write-up of it - it was wonderfully funny, touching and nostalgic. Les Dennis put in a performance that I previously would never have thought him capable of. Your review of it seems to utterly contradict the 3 stars you gave it. Just my opinion though! 4 stars in my eyes.

2. Niki at The List7 Aug 2012, 5:41pm

Thanks for your comment, Aiden. It's The List's belief that a three star review still constitutes a show worth seeing, four stars means an utterly fantastic show, and a five star show will do nothing less than change your life. We've established this system to make sure that, when people see a four or five star review from The List, they know it's an outstanding show. A three star review for Jigsy is not an insult - we still believe it's a very worthwhile show, just not incendiary.

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