Jeff Green: Happiness (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Jeff Green: Happiness

Solid stuff from a festival veteran who is on the hunt for happiness

A Fringe stalwart back in the 90s, Jeff Green’s disappearance from the scene means that his name (with one extra vowel) is now more synonymous with Larry David’s manager in Curb Your Enthusiasm. The Lancs lad is still a jobbing comic in his adopted home of Australia (he went there for love) and he’s returned to these shores in order to help mark the Gilded Balloon’s 30th anniversary.

It’s no surprise, then, that Green has some festival-related nostalgia to wallow in such as hanging out with Lee Evans and Eddie Izzard (‘glad I left those losers behind’) and the jealousy felt by his stand-up compadres when he once shared a dressing room with a Scandinavian burlesque troupe. So far so Loaded-esque banter, but he’s on more interesting ground when he reflects upon the fact that he’s no longer a sprightly young man, and this leads him to contemplate on where he (or anyone else for that matter) can find happiness these days?

Had Richard Herring not got in there first, he could have called this Oh Fuck, I’m 50 as he frets over trying to remember when to put the bins out, wonders why he performed on a cruise ship and concludes that happiness, like stand-up, is all about slowing things right down. Jeff Green remains a consummate comic with an eye for silly situations and a gift for strong punchlines.

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 16 Aug, 8.45pm, £10–£12 (£8–£10).

Jeff Green: Happiness

  • 3 stars

Jeff Green's on a mission to discover happiness. You may as well join him, what's the worst that can happen?