Category Archives: Comedy Reviews

The Evening Chronicle: Young Reviewers

The Evening Chronicle in Newcastle runs a competition and writing opportunity every year, which I would highly recommend. It’s called the ‘Young Reviewers’ scheme, and it allows for up and coming journalists to get press access to events around the North East. With this access, you are expected to write a review.

The first stage is to write your own review, which you send to The Evening Chronicle when the competition is opened. Then a group of the best writers are chosen, who become the reviewer pool, for the next year.

If your work is good, and Gordon Barr, the Entertainment Editor, is impressed with what you write, then your reviews will be printed in the paper. They’re sometimes available to view on The Evening Chronicle website too.

I was lucky enough to have quite a few things published, things which I’ve linked to previously on this blog:

It’s a brilliant opportunity, because it can often take you out of your comfort zone. Obviously my main area of writing up to that point was based around a music setting, but when offered the opportunity to reviews things like ballet and comedy, I jumped at the chance.

It adds to your portfolio, and that’s always a good thing, and you get to and experience a bunch of new and cool stuff, so yeah, I’d definitely recommend it. Added to this, there is a prize for the top two writers from the reviewers pool, and I was lucky enough to come away with a notebook laptop, so that just makes it even better.


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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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