Gavin Webster – Journal Tyne Theatre (Evening Chronicle)

Mar 7, 2011

HE’S one of our foremost local comedians done good, yet this  was Gavin Webster’s first headline, full performance at the Journal Tyne Theatre  in Newcastle.

Looking at Gavin, you may have some preconceived ideas about the sort of  comedian he is as he stumbles on to the stage with pint in hand, and some of  them would be right. He can be foulmouthed, but he is also intelligent, witty and incredibly  funny.

As he admits himself, he isn’t one for observational humour. Instead, scattered ramblings leading to funny stories and cracking one – liners comprise most of his show. A few musical interludes serve to break up the action, always adding rather  than detracting from the energy in the room. It is an hour and a half of laugh-out- loud live comedy at its best.

The  funniest segment of the night is based around his run-in with a Cockney and  their description of how Newcastle was created. His retort is comedy gold, showcasing his intelligence through a quickfire  thousand-year history of the city, before lashing out with his own concise idea  of London’s creation.

The show fits perfectly here in Newcastle and the in-jokes and regional  humour will hit home with every local in the crowd. It just wouldn’t work the  same way anywhere else in the UK and it is comedy through experience of living  rather than research, which adds honesty to its appeal. I laughed constantly throughout the show and I kept thinking of that old line  “It’s funny because it’s true” and this really was.

Geordie through-and-through, he is genuinely appreciative for every round of  applause he gets.  There is a great rapport between him and the crowd as he converses freely  with people throughout the audience and draws laughs every time as he quips  about their towns.  His website describes this event as a one-night tour for 2011, so it might be  a while before you see him again in Newcastle.

When he does make it back here, make sure you go see him. You won’t regret  it. He is a highly talented comedic craftsman.

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