Kai Humphries: Shameless! (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Kai Humphries: Shameless!

credit: Carve Photography

Salt-of-the-earth stand-up

Kai Humphries considers himself to be shameless and not, as he points out, in the sense that he’s from the Geordie equivalent of the Chatsworth Estate. Instead, he means that he’s prone to being a bit naughty. But really, he appears to be a genuinely nice fella who just gets things wrong every once in a while.

The hour starts off a touch on the laddish side, with material about how he wishes his mates were there when he’s on holiday with his girlfriend, but never the other way around, largely because she possesses the wrong footwear for volcano adventures.

But the salt-of-the-earth Humphries slowly reveals his sensitive side, discussing how we could all learn a thing or two from the outlook of his Down’s Syndrome mate and why the Pamplona bull run gave him a whole new lease of life. His mum too, comes in for some well-deserved hero worship, as well as a bif of gentle ribbing.

Technically, Humphries really knows his stuff with call-backs aplenty and he’s in possession of a terrific denouement with that bull run story.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 26 Aug, 8.45pm, £10–£12 (£7.50–£9.50).

Kai Humphries: Shameless!

  • 3 stars

MZA and Kaibosh Productions. 'Humphries is a lovely Geordie comic and this set wasn't just funny, it was like being cuddled for an hour, bathed in his sunny friendliness and impossible likeability that makes his rude humour feel mischievous and thoroughly inoffensive … unpretentious and charming … hilarious!' ★★★…