Careering comic goes down a storm
Happiness is Russell Howard.From the moment he gambled on to the Corn Exchange stage Howard barely stopped talking, laughing, giggling, dancing or smiling - running around the stage like a giddy ADHD-riddled child or miming out the punch lines to his many, many jokes.
Ipswich Corn Exchange
Happiness is Russell Howard.
From the moment he gambled on to the Corn Exchange stage Howard barely stopped talking, laughing, giggling, dancing or smiling - running around the stage like a giddy ADHD-riddled child or miming out the punch lines to his many, many jokes.
In a set that could have lasted some comics most of their professional lives, he delivered a succession of witty anecdotes to the near-capacity crowd, careering around topics. And not one of them missed their mark.
- 1 Take a look inside 15th Century farmhouse near Ipswich up for sale
- 2 Jailed in Suffolk: The county's criminals locked up in the last week
- 3 Missing 13-year-old boy from Hadleigh found safe
- 4 BrewDog, The Botanist and other reasons to be positive about Ipswich town centre
- 5 Empty Ipswich office block could become new flats
- 6 Tattingstone 'suitcase murder': 'Never too late' say police on 55th anniversary
- 7 Take a look inside new Ipswich restaurant that makes pizza the 'proper way'
- 8 Interactive map reveals the Suffolk postcodes with the highest Covid rates
- 9 Is Ipswich really England's oldest town? Experts give their view
- 10 House of Tweed leaves Ipswich after Christmas season
Whether it was his suggestion of dressing up like a lion and hiding in Ikea to recreate Narnia, an image of Buddha as a pizza-carrying good-time deity or his description of the internet as a “whispering pimp” he charmed the audience throughout his one hour-plus set.
Unlike so many modern stand-ups whose acts consist of laconic mumbling through their greatest grumbles, Howard's act celebrates what is good - if not always noble - about people.
He touched poignantly on a chanced-upon suicide attempt and his brother's epilepsy, but masterfully controlled the mood and never left us far from a laugh even when touching on the darker parts of our lives.
He displays a touching and infectious delight in the oddities of others - and himself - congratulating people's capacity for the kind of logic that follows a few drinks, that leads someone to see a bus stop and think “that needs a hat” before searching out the nearest traffic cone.
It's an attitude that has deservedly won him many fans, with several sell-out tours - including many dates on his current romp around the country - and a regular slot on BBC2's Mock The Week.
They were even queuing after the gig for autographs - a rare sight indeed at the Corn Exchange.