Alan Davies at Cheltenham Town Hall review

The traumas of soft play, horrors of male changing rooms, and woes of adolescence, television comedian, Alan Davies, returned to Cheltenham Town Hall to raise laughs, gasps, and even snorts among comedy fans.

Having already visited Cheltenham with his Little Victories tour in 2014, QI favourite Alan Davies’ anticipated return to town saw a packed out venue ready for a dose of no-holds-barred comedy on Friday 13 November 2015.

Taking to the stage, Alan began the show by offering his thoughts on Cheltenham and Gloucester – a topic which predictably warmed the locals up – and the host venue of Cheltenham Town Hall, to which he mentioned his disdain of the holey curtain onstage.

Laughing from the offset, the show was packed with crowd interaction, which saw the comedian find the youngest person – a 14-year-old who was warned to abandon his parents for the second half – and the oldest, born back in 1937 – or thereabouts, the person didn’t seem clear on his birth date.

It was then time for Alan to get into his stride, which he did so in full comedic force, yet offering a dialogue which was at times surprisingly personal.

Discussing his Dad’s waning health and blasé attitude towards his grandchildren saw giggles of surprise, offering pure, undiluted comedy largely centred on Alan’s family life and the mirthful mishaps caused by children.

Stories of feigned choking, slipping on mislaid bananas, and falling into dishwashers painted a slapstick image of Alan’s home life, resembling scenes from something like Laurel and Hardy which, accompanied with some acting and imitations had the audience in stitches.

Getting funnier with each moment onstage, the highlight from the first-half came from Alan’s woeful experience in a soft play centre, which got the biggest laugh of the evening, while fans of BBC’s Jonathan Creek were also delighted with a quick reference to Alan’s best-loved alter-ego.

The second half continued will all the hilarity of the first, but with subject matter taking a definite ‘adults-only’ turn, covering risqué topics, which made his early warning all too clear.

Touching on the exploits of teenage boys and some personal marital details, Alan raised the bar and lowered the tone with some indecent anecdotes and hilariously executed –albeit somewhat graphic – acting.

From swearing two-year-olds and drunken teenage adventures, to tennis dilemmas and little victories with blackberry jam, the entire show was complete with nostalgic moments, black humour, and sharp, observant wit.

A treat for local comedy lovers, Alan Davies’ second performance of his acclaimed show saw the comedian leave the stage to riotous applause for a show which was anything but a little victory.

For more information about what’s coming up at Cheltenham Town Hall, call 0844 576 2210.

By Kathryn Godfrey

© SoGlos
Tuesday 17 November 2015

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