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Review: Greg Davies, You Magnificent Beast

PUBLISHED: 13:06 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:06 06 December 2017

Greg Davies stars in Man Down. Picture: MARK JOHNSON

Greg Davies stars in Man Down. Picture: MARK JOHNSON

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Charlotte Smith-Jarvis says Greg Davies, live in Ipswich as part of the You Magnificent Beast tour, is one of the funniest stand-ups she’s seen.

Oh Greg Davies – you Yeti-sized ‘magnificent beast’. What did you do to us last night at the Ipswich Regent?

I swear one of my friends almost had an asthma attack, he was laughing so much, snorting frantically through a glass of cider.

But let’s start at the beginning. Warm-up acts can be, well, rubbish, but belly-flashing, self-deprecating, Dolly Parton-singing, caterpillar-dancing Barry Castagnola had the audience in stitches. From having too much of a good time at a Lionel Richie concert, to recalling the horrors of going on ‘hollibobs’ with a girlfriend, there were no flat moments in the routine.

But nothing could have prepared us for what was to follow. A seamless, rib-aching traipse through the life and loves of Inbetweeners, Man Down and Taskmaster star Greg.

Opening to R Kelly against a backdrop of the actor-comedian frolicking semi-naked in a field, the tone was set. This was going to be dirty. Real dirty.

So there was the time his mum casually dropped the idea of buying a sex aid into conversation over a succulent steak dinner. TMI mum!

Not an eye was dry as Greg told of the fate of poor Blue Ted (who would probably need counselling if teddies could talk).

And then we were flung into Greg’s list of the pitfalls of middle age – from buying folk music and growing talons, to accidentally exposing his nether regions to a pensioner.

One of Greg’s great talents is as a storyteller. Some of his tales (the blind date from hell with a hammer thrower) are long-winded, but with his animation, cheeky asides and masterful pacing, he pulled them off in a way only a pro could.

I can’t tell you what happened in the final act (which involved a choir) because it’s too darn good to ruin. So you’ll just have to see for yourselves.

What a rip-roaring, rollercoaster of a ride. I for one can’t wait for his next tour, so get writing Greg!

Most of the dates for the You Magnificent Beast tour (concluding at the end of January 2018) have sold out, but you can still get your hands on seats at Cambridge Corn Exchange on January 16.

Kevin Kennedy will forever be best known as Coronation Street’s loveable loser Curly Watts, but he is also a stage star. His latest role is an all-star musical version of Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends, which allows him to rekindle his love of this region.

Fresh from being ravaged by hunger and sand-flies on Channel 4’s Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, Shazia Mirza returns with a show about lies and truth - or are they the same thing these days?

The 80s are officially back, with Fame The Musical coming to the Ipswich Regent later this year.

The cast of new musical An Officer and a Gentleman has been revealed, featuring top West End talent.

Taj Mahal chef Sayid swaps the kitchen for the stage in The Chef Show, part of PULSE presents.

Crazy for You at the Ipswich Regent, all week until Saturday.

Energetic and intense, dynamic and diverse; it’s a fast paced musical and lyrical journey for Teddy and his young girlfriend Josie.

They say never work with children or animals but Norwell Lapley Productions do both very well in bringing Rod Campbell’s timeless children’s book Dear Zoo to life on stage, writes MICHAEL STEWARD.

Known best perhaps for playing Brookside’s Lindsey Corkhill, Claire Sweeney’s causing just as much trouble as bridezilla Irene in the classic musical Crazy For You, at the Ipswich Regent from Tuesday.

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