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Rob BrydonIpswich RegentYOU can get away with an awful lot if you're nice to people.In fact you can be perfectly beastly to them if you do it in a warm and gentle way, as Rob Brydon demonstrated last night.

Dominic Castle

Rob Brydon

Ipswich Regent

YOU can get away with an awful lot if you're nice to people.


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In fact you can be perfectly beastly to them if you do it in a warm and gentle way, as Rob Brydon demonstrated last night.

Brydon the comic actor is very much a man of the moment, rarely away from our TV screens as Uncle Bryn in Gavin and Stacey, but here he was on the bare boards doing stand-up with only a guitarist and a fine repertoire of impersonations for company.

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He opened up with some beautiful observations on middle-class values before getting to know the audience, including Alwyn the lighthouse electrician who turned out to be a countryman of his.

Being Welsh formed something of a backbone to the show, with a great visual gag on how his Celtic genes took over when his fourth child was born - think of the great Welsh scrum-halves waiting for the ball to pop out of the scrum and you'll get the picture.

He is also a masterful impersonator, equal to the varied vocals of Michael Caine, Terry Wogan, Ronnie Corbett and Al Pacino, the latter reading a somewhat profane version of The Gruffalo. And of course there was the obligatory Tom Jones.

Being Welsh, Brydon likes to sing and does have a bit of a voice. We enjoyed the words of the Dad's Army theme tune sung to the Carpenters' Yesterday Once More - try it yourself in the bath - and he ended up with an improvised song taking in Henry VIII, a teaspoon, Alwyn the lighthouse electrician and Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a tremendous piece of quick thinking.

Unusually these days, his act contained very little effing and jeffing, Pacino impersonation apart, and was none the worse for it.

Dom Castle

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