Joel wasn’t to know it as he snuck out to the loo, but he was about to provide Jason Manford with a good few minutes of extra material.
As soon as the poor unfortunate had left the auditorium, Manford announced he would suspend telling jokes until the pressing call of nature had been answered. Cue three or so minutes of partner-quizzing in which we learnt that Joel works in a school, has been in a relationship for more than three years and has toiletry habits that include... well, not here perhaps.
Of course, Manford was raising laughs all along, just as he did when he invited the audience to give him examples of the supposed problems of our privileged lives.
It was all good participation stuff by the Mancunian funnyman. He’s well worth catching – but best make sure you go to the loo beforehand!