Josh Widdicombe (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Josh Widdicombe

Fast-rising funnyman entertains with acute observational humour

The Guardian called me a geezer today’ announces Josh Widdicombe, as he wanders onto the stage, looking less ‘Geez a go’, more shaggy-haired boy next door. ‘So watch it, or I’ll knife you and that.’ He laughs, we laugh.

If this fast-rising funnyman is feeling any pressure from last year’s Foster’s Newcomer Nomination he barely shows it. His pace and delivery are well executed, no sooner are your shoulders twitching at one observation another loosely linked segment brings more chuckling to the fore.

Observational humour abounds, Widdicombe’s chatty ponderings and rueful rants on cereals, cash points, Michelin stars and board games giving even the most trivial of subjects a comedy kick.

Focussing as he does on life’s incidentals, it’s easy to see why more established names (with similar form) like Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr have voiced their support for this Devon lad done good -- eyeing a talent with the time and inclination to grow into a more polished all-round performer.

Widdicombe’s material isn’t pushing any comedy boundaries but, sometimes, just bringing the funny is enough.

Pleasance, 0131 556 6550, until 26 Aug (not 13, 23), 7pm, £11 (£9.50).

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