Review: Lee Mack, Portsmouth Guildhall

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Not Going Out, and Would I Lie To You star Lee Mack has hit the road again, for the first time in four years with his all new stand up show ‘Hit The Road Mack’ and lucky for us he stopped off at the Portsmouth Guildhall, where a third date was added due to popular demand.

Mack kicked of his hat-trick of performances in fine fashion with his high-energy style, pacing back and forth live a captive Tiger, and after 15 minutes of fast-paced jokes, he settled into a more comfortable style which made it easy to see why tickets for the show were in such high demand.

Mack had us in stitches as he rattled out facts and told tales of life, love and his wife’s collection of hair and teeth, but it was his interaction with the crowd that really took the show to another level,

Especially the moment he asked a woman in the upper section of the audience where she was from, guaranteeing that he had a joke about that place, wherever it may be.

‘Hyde,’ she replied, and before he could reply, he spotted the man behind her giving him tips on what to do, to which he reacted fantastically, filling the Guildhall with rapturous laughter.

I feel I must give a mention to the very funny and hugely talented Mr Mike Gunn, who is touring with Mack as his warm-up. He may not be a name you might recognise, but his smooth, no-nonsense style is sure to propel him on to your screens sometime in the near future.

Mack, and Gunn put on a pant-wettingly funny night of comedy, that was well worth ‘going out’ for.

My cheeks are still aching.