Lloyd Griffith: Great Grimsby's Big Turn On
A cocky comic with an array of talents at his disposal
This article is from 2015.
Last year Lloyd Griffith was asked to turn on the Christmas lights in his home town of Grimsby. After discovering he wasn’t first choice, instead languishing a lowly ninth, he set out to prove he’s more talented than those above him on the list. He’s certainly got an impressive, and bizarre, collection of talents to choose from. Working as a professional choir singer his vocal prowess precedes him: last year’s Edinburgh Fringe debut was entitled Voice of an Angel, Body of a Trucker. However, he can also do impressions of any tape (sticky, masking etc.) you call out and name a fact about every cathedral in England, so brush up ahead of time.
When mocking Grimsby’s dated racial attitudes, Griffith not only successfully breaks the tension brought on by the taboo of political incorrectness he manages to find humour in the town’s naivety. He’s particularly good at dry off-the cuff patter, whether he’s putting a boaster in their place or commenting on how many people clap at particular jokes.
While he’s an assured performer some of his cleverest lines are lost to an overly quick delivery. The feigned emotional crisis at the end feels surplus when Griffith is so good playing the cocky comic with a bucket load of party tricks.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 30 Aug, 8.30pm, £7.50–£10.50 (£6.50–£9.50).