Review: Gary Delaney, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

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‘Thank you for applauding me even though I’m inept,’ quipped Gary Delaney as he took to the stage.

Due to technical difficulties, the interval was 40 minutes long, so the comic faced an uphill struggle to please the disgruntled customers after Steve Day’s support set.

However a swift apology and several jokes later, all was forgiven.

Sporting a beard, Delaney joked that’s what you need to get ahead in showbusiness these days, referring to Operation Yewtree.

Then followed a relentless stream of one-line gags, some not for the faint-hearted. With jokes at the expense of America, the French, youths and even his grandparents, no-one was safe.

For the most part, the audience loved it.

Down the M27, his wife Sarah Millican was playing to a sold-out Portsmouth Guildhall. Whilst I know which show I would have preferred to see, the crowd reaction suggested that, just like his famous partner, Gary Delaney will be around for a long time to come.