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.