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

This article is from 2015.

Fringe comedy preview: Joe Lycett

Photo: Matt Crockett

Still fond of a punning show title, Lycett delivers a love letter to Birmingham

Even if you go no further than reading a Joe Lycett show title, it’ll still give you a groaning chuckle. His 2012 Best Newcomer-nominated Some Lycett Hot was followed in 2013 by If Joe Lycett Then You Should’ve Put a Ring on It. This year, it’s the turn of That’s the Way, A-Ha, A-Ha, Joe Lycett. Does he think he’ll run out of bad puns? ‘I’m hoping to keep it going for the next 30 years, minimum. It has been suggested that once I become tired of it, I should just call my show I Don’t Lycett Any More.’

Since he emerged on the Manchester comedy scene in 2008, while still at university, he’s always had a lyrical way with words. A recent routine about a woman in an overly heated parking enforcement office in Birmingham, describes her as ‘like a bit of wet scrambled egg in a chair’.

‘I’ve always loved a good turn of phrase; I think Quentin Crisp’s writing is both hilarious and insightful. This show is a bit of a love letter to Birmingham, a bit of an analysis of a stag do I went on, and a bit of a piss-about. It should be a right laugh.’ If the previous shows are anything to go by, we’ll Lycett a lot. Sorry.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, 8–30 Aug (not 17, 24), 8pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10). Previews 5–7 Aug, £6.

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.