The success of stand-up gigs should be measured in tears.
And when you’re still wiping your eyes when walking to the car and having to restore your facial features to normal before hitting the sack, you know you’ve seen something really special.
Sean Lock has proved his comedy credentials time and again on telly and the live circuit, but with the current tour he seems to have shifted a gear. The gag and gig master is face-achingly, eye-wateringly funny, a sharp-witted but fanciful contender for Britain’s top comic.
Many stand-ups point out the hilarious in the mundane. Lock’s trademark is to do that but then move the story on to the bizarre – and equally funny.
His subject matter ranges from the price of postage stamps, spilling food on the floor and the mystery of how dry cleaners spruce up your jacket to mythical creatures and the problem with atheism – and the delivery is pretty seamless.
He also has a knack for physical comedy and impressions – which in this show include Bruce Forsyth, Bruno Toniolo, Bernard Manning and a moth drunk on electric lighting!
Support comes from relative newcomer Josh Widdicombe, who has been proving his talents on shows like Mock The Week and is just as good on stage. A particularly impressive two-for-one deal.