Chris Washington: You Beauty! (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Chris Washington: You Beauty!

Top-notch bull from a rising comic

At the top, Chris Washington bemoans the fact that technology has ruined the everyday speculation and misplaced certainties that led to classic banter. 'Where have all the bullshitters gone?' he asks. It would be fair to say that professional bullshitting resulted in Washington having a monumental past 12 months. Having taken three weeks off from his job as a postie in Wigan, he wandered up to Edinburgh to just have a go with the easy-going comedy he claims is all 'ballbags and biscuits'.

The fact that he subsequently landed a Best Newcomer nomination was as much of a surprise to him as it was to the wider comedy community which had barely registered his name until it was announced on the shortlist. Returning home to reality at the end of last August, he had little idea that he would soon be making headlines for another reason …

This follow-up hour is largely his fish-out-of-water story about suddenly being elevated in an alien world, with the recollection of keeping his Wigan mates under control at the awards ceremony a highlight. Despite fluffing his big finish, Washington had already created enough warmth in the room for the crowd to let that slide. Having finally quit the day job, his career change is shaping up nicely.

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Chris Washington: You Beauty!

  • 3 stars

The rising star conjures big laughs from small, ordinary things in life and his own lack of ambition.