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Alan Davies - so much taller than Jonathan Creek!
Comedy Clubs / Live Entertainment
Member Name: russo2511
Comedy Clubs / Live Entertainment
Advantages: Great humour, audience participation, feel good evening
Last night we went to see Alan Davies who was doing live stand up comedy at Lichfield Garrick as part of the Lichfield Festival which is running from 4-14 July. This was his first stand up for over 10 years as he has been concentrating on his TV career. When I first saw the line up for the Festival and saw that Alan Davies was performing I rang the booking office on the day they were released and bought two tickets as I am a great fan.
There were a few hiccups at the actual theatre, they had ran out of bitter in the upstairs bar and only sold Guiness in cans in the lower bar. There was also a power cut fifteen minutes before the show was due to start, but we finally sat down at 8.15 and the show started more or less straight away.
The comedy was mainly observational which is definitely my cup of tea and the show went on until 10.40 with a fifteen minute interval. Alan made plenty of references to the 80's where the pubs were full of smoke and closed at 11 o'clock sharp. Also when people only had one phone in the house where it lived in the hall on a telephone table complete with padded seat and a cupboard for the phone books. Obviously for any of you reading this who are under the age of about thirty this won't mean much to you, but for those of us who are it was really funny.
Alan interacted with the audience a lot and as it was quite a small venue this really worked and made it feel quite intimate. He made reference to Stephen Fry where he is a regular on the QI panel when he asked the audience a question and when someone gave a really clever answer Alan said "Fry would give you extra points for that" which received a huge clap from the audience.
I laughed out loud numerous times during the show and when I wasn't laughing I was smiling, to the point when my jaw began to ache. The rest of the audience also seemed to find him very funny and he had a very good reception.
On the way out as we were walking through the foyer my husband pointed out that Alan Davies was standing behind the counter where the leaflets were and was signing autographs. Needless to say the brochure was open at the page of his photo before you could say 'Alan Davies' and I was over there in a flash. He was really friendly and said hello and asked what I wanted him to write and even posed for a photograph! This is when I noticed that he seemed much taller than he appears on TV when I have watched him playing Jonathan Creek and on QI, or maybe it is because I'm quite small and was standing right by him!
So a lovely end to a great evening, will remember it for a long time - a massive five out of five for me.
Summary: Fabulous evening, plenty of laughs
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