Celebrity comedian trials new material at Grassington Festival
Lexy Glacet, Lifestyle Correspondent
Many of us have seen the talents of Alan Davies on the screen, whether it is on QI or in his Jonathon Creek days, but perhaps fewer of us have been lucky enough to see his stand up performance, especially in such an intimate venue.
After another deluge there were doubts as to whether the Marquee would be the setting for the show, however thankfully the downpours kept their distance and the night was able to go off without much more than a bit of mud.
The queue was quite spectacular, stretching right around the marquee area, with expectant welly clad revelers waiting patiently to enter and partake in a quick pre performance beer and burger, before finding their seats and getting comfortable. Despite the wind rattling the roof, the large marquee stood its ground and Alan arrived on the vast stage to loud applause.
The Essex lad appeared at ease, although did admit to having to take the odd look at his notes from time to time. It's not surprising as it has been many years since Davies has donned his 'stand-up' cap and left the safety zone of a television studio to take on crowds waiting for pure gold.
The show, entitled 'Life is Pain' will be toured throughout the country to his TV fans and lovers from his past comedic career. He admits to his set being aimed mainly at the over thirties, with many a funny jibe at the joys of hitting middle age and the terror Facebook can bring to those unfamiliar with its ways.
Alan also charmingly takes you through a journey of his childhood, thrilling those watching with hilarious tails of school uniforms and playground remarks.
'Life is Pain' we were told, came from a delightfully amusing and unexpected quip from a friend's small child and impacted on the comedian in way that he simply had to use it. The enchanted audience lapped it up, with shoulders bouncing at every joke and roaring belly laughs being heard over the weather.
It was quite clear that this was a warm up prequel to Alan's tour, as despite the laughter and ease in which he addressed the crowd, there were a few sketchy moments. Mind you, that is exactly what he was in Grassington for; to gain perspective on which jokes worked and those that should be binned.
The beginning, which seemed to take on a more 'improv' quality was particularly strong and really did set the bar for an enthralling 90 minutes of comedy. There are a number of weeks to go before 'Life is Pain' hits the stages of the UK as a fully fledged stand-up show, and by then this talented and popular comedian is sure to have the set rolling off his tongue and delivered like silk.
Celebrity comedian trials new material at Grassington Festival, 1st July 2012, 21:01 PM