Joe Lycett and Andrew Ryan
Good-humoured but weak double-header
This article is from 2010.
Andrew Ryan is a happy chap: the biggest laughs in his show come from his tale of the time he met his hero, Ardal O’Hanlon (whom he happens to resemble a bit). Joe Lycett is similarly sunny in his outlook: his entire set revolves around his love of absurdity in everyday life. The problem with both performers is that, while it may be pleasant to spend an hour in their company, it’s not always particularly funny. You could have just as many laughs down the pub with your mates, and you probably wouldn’t sweat off a couple of stone doing so, unless your particular choice of pub happened to be a rammed-full backroom with no AC. And while this is in no way the fault of the performers, they’re just not interesting or funny enough to make it worth it.
The White Horse, until 30 Aug (not 24), 5.15pm, free