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Laconic Jack wows The Regent in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 10:50 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

Jack Dee at The Regent, Wednesday night



JACK Dee said he rode into town behind a tractor last night, to greet a huge crowd of 'Suffolk Saddos.'

The top star took to the stage at The Regent, for the first of two sell-out shows which had the audience laughing loud and clapping hard.

Jack Dee at The Regent, Wednesday night

JACK Dee said he rode into town behind a tractor last night, to greet a huge crowd of 'Suffolk Saddos.'

The top star took to the stage at The Regent, for the first of two sell-out shows which had the audience laughing loud and clapping hard.

He's nearing the end of a mammoth 50-date tour, and his wry observations on everyday life - delivered with his permanent dour expression - knew no bounds.

His topics ranged seamlessly from his children, to the NHS, Big brother co-star Vanessa Feltz, tattoos, postcards and smart cars.

He calls it the 'comedy of recognition' as the audience listens and thinks 'phew, he thought that too.'

His angle is to dissect the little things in life that exasperate us all – but we don't often stop to analyse them as he does.

But by pushing the point that little bit further, Jack turns even the most mundane subject into a joke – and they came thick and fast last night.

Every other line had a quip which the crowd could identify with, and there was a sense of many heads nodding in agreement.

He ridiculed people who arrived late, threatening to haul them up onto the stage, and there were the usual comedian's quips about the state of Ipswich.

He criticised the number of roundabouts, the theatre, the Tractor Boys' image, and said he returned as often as he could – the last time being 'five years ago'!

But he's due back in town tomorrow, so it can't all be bad in Mr Misery's books.

By Tracey Sparling

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Read tomorrow's Evening Star for an exclusive interview with Jack Dee.

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