Joe Lycett - If Joe Lycett Then You Should've Put a Ring On It (3 stars)

This article is from 2013.

Joe Lycett - If Joe Lycett Then You Should've Put a Ring On It

Photo: Graeme Copper

Naughty but nice show from former Best Newcomer nominee

He might have the finest punning title on the Fringe (If Joe Lycett Then You Should Have Put a Ring on It) but some could have a case in arguing that this is the most creative thing about his new Fringe hour. Lycett, however – a Best Newcomer nominee last year – is so personable, even when he’s throwing barbed jibes at his crowd, that it’s impossible not to be carried off on a wave of goodwill.

Claiming to be around 70% gay, Joe Lycett is keen to take the temperature on the room’s sexual inclinations, even launching a quiz on the ‘gayness’ of certain inanimate objects. This is a naughty but nice show in which the comic merrily seeks to damage certain companies through a campaign of comedic mischief while his ludicrous set-to with a commissioning editor at a soaraway tabloid should leave you grinning with liberal delight. This hour won’t change the world, but it might make you look at yourself and those around you just a little bit closer.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 7.15pm, £8–£10 (£6.50–£8.50).

Joe Lycett: That's The Way, A-Ha A-Ha, Joe Lycett

  • 4 stars

Lycett's latest show is all about the ability to be a wee bit useless in life while trying to figure out what it's all about. He talks about his home town (Birmingham, doncha know?) and about the time he met Kim Kardashian, which is bound to be an interesting story if nothing else.