COMEDY REVIEW: Jimmy Carr: The Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour @ Princess Alexandra Auditorium & Friarage TheatreJanuary 9, 2018 11:00 am
15th December 2017
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Review by Roisin Clausen
Jimmy Carr is no stranger to taking risks when it comes to comedy and this tour was no different. As one of the most famous comedians in the country, there is a lot of pressure to impress and we definitely were not disappointed.
To someone unfamiliar with Jimmy Carr’s style of comedy, you could say he can be quite offensive or shocking. However, the clever manner in which he delivers the jokes (witty one-liners about sex, immigration, teachers and disability), means he is able to get away with it. The set incorporated a collection of his classic and most popular jokes and an array of new material, keeping the show fresh.
He started the set by taking a look at the audience, commenting on people’s jobs or professions, their relationship status, and their age. Younger members of the audience got targeted a lot by Carr, checking whether their parents knew they were out or whether they got ID’d at the bar. I was impressed by how he can improvise an insult that doesn’t offend (too badly), but rather, makes you laugh. I guess that’s what comes from 15 years of experience in the industry.
His impressive use of word play with a kind of dark edge makes for a great show. Carr is famous for pushing boundaries as far as possible, offending almost every social group. His rudeness leaves the audience in stitches, shortly after a quick gasp in shock, but this is why his fans love him. Although there is a theme of distasteful insults throughout the entirety of the set, it is delivered with a polished sense of class and fearlessness.
He does his research as well, being able to customise the gags to the audience depending on where in the country he is. Sticking to stereotypes, there were numerous comments regarding the class of the town and people’s education, which took the mick out of the accent, as it is not as proper or ‘upper class’ as his. Although he sounded a bit more West-Country than Northern, the jokes were delivered with finesse and charm.
He finished the set with a collection of jokes and questions texted in during the interval from the audience. This made an interesting and hilarious addition to the show, as Jimmy himself got a taste of his own medicine, with many digs aimed at him and his unusual but iconic laugh. Many were simply images of puppets or television characters that Carr supposedly looks like, others being Carr styled one-liners, showing that his energy is translated through his fans.
Throughout the entire show, Carr is full of energy and character, proving that he is, in fact, one of the finest comedians to date, who is definitely one to see if you ever get the chance.