James Sherwood (2 stars)

This article is from 2010

James Sherwood

Sporadically hilarious piano-led laughs

There are a number of truly inspired, laugh out loud moments in James Sherwood’s set. Unfortunately, that number is four, and it’s just not enough to sustain an audience for an hour. The songs produce titters rather than guffaws, and there’s an ill-advised second-half routine where Sherwood ditches the piano to concentrate on his substantially-weaker stand-up material. He seems to have a good knowledge of the comedy of expressions – the deadpan stare he adopts while singing is amusing on its own – but this is a show in desperate need of further development.

The GRV, 226 0000, until 29 Aug (not 23), 7pm, £5

James Sherwood - One Man and His Piano

  • 2 stars

'Sherwood mixes dry, gently cerebral comedy with moments of inspired silliness; thanks to his non-stop invention and brilliant comic craft' (Guardian). Following a UK tour, he's back with a new show. Writer for Radio 4 favourites such as 'News Quiz' and a Sony Award-winning series of the 'Now Show', James also devised and…