REVIEW: Jim Davidson at the Kings Theatre, Southsea

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Jim Davidson is innocent until proven guilty, and as far as he’s concerned, the show must go on.

In a remarkably candid 90-minute set, the comic, on police bail over alleged historic sex offences, missed no opportunity to make comic capital out of his unwanted membership of the ‘Operation Yewtree Club’.

His frankness, his denials, and his gratitude for the support he has received from audiences around the country, brought laughter and applause in equal measure.

The audience was sparse, though Jim, not charged with any offence, blamed the rows of empty seats on the gig’s proximity to April’s show at the Guildhall in aid of a naval charity.

But the Kings audience was not short-changed, with Jim making mincemeat of a heckler, and recounting hilarious tales of life on and off-stage during his successful 30-plus-year career.

He walks a thin line of taste with his material about ethnic minorities, homosexuals and disabled people, but I sense no cruelty in his intent, merely an eye for the absurd and an inability to bow to political correctness.

With a cheeky plea to fans to buy his books and DVDs to help fund his lawyers, he thanked his audience, and added: ‘I think you know I haven’t done these things, so stick with me!”

ALAN COOPER