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.

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