Wil Hodgson (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Wil Hodgson

So-so trip down memory lane from Chippenham’s finest

There was a time when Wil Hodgson seemed destined to be the future of British comedy. An hour in his company is still a pleasing experience, but he appears to have dropped his mojo somewhere down the line. Certainly, he couldn’t have kept going on forever with shows about growing up in Chippenham, skinheads, ‘real women’, wrestling, My Little Pony etc, but even he admits that his current show is rather lightweight and just a ‘nostalgia fest’.

Leave the Landing Light On does concern more childhood memories, but rather than opening up unfamiliar worlds, it’ll be easy for more people to connect with his recollections of being a British comics geek. He moves on to stuff that genuinely terrified him growing up, such as public information films and Willy Wonka (the Gene Wilder interpretation) while actual nuclear threat had little impact and the Universal horror films had scary monsters he simply related to as an outsider.

It’s all perfectly fun, but fritters away to very little, leaving Hodgson buffs misty-eyed for the heavyweight sets of his past.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 25 Aug (not 12), 11.40pm, £8 (£7).

Wil Hodgson: Leave the Landing Light On

  • 3 stars

Wil recounts what made his teenage years in the 80s so deliciously awkward.