Review: Jon Richardson at the Ipswich Regent

Jon Richardson performed at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on Monday October 6 2014.

Jon Richardson performed at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on Monday October 6 2014. - Credit: Archant

Having been introduced to his comedy through TV panel shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats I was excited to see how Jon Richardson would perform on his own on the stage – and I was not disappointed.

Richardson had the theatre roaring with laughter as he weaved together a combination of long-running story jokes intermixed with more punchy gags, mostly taken from his style of observational humour around a theme of misery.

The comic shared the depressing moments from his own life but always finding comedy in a way which made you laugh out loud, while at the same time wanting to go “awww” and give him a hug.

Longer spun out tales included meeting his current girlfriend and suffering from gastroenteritis on a first date, while a particular favourite short joke of mine was: “Boris Johnson is like a wet fart – funny at the time but you have to check for damage later.”

Despite him being well into his tour now Richardson did not feel rehearsed or stale and engaged brilliantly with the audience. He was able to banter brilliantly with a heckle about his height, earning one audience member the nickname of Gigantor for the evening, while he also often referred back to a train driver in the front row to make the audience feel included.


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All in all this was a very enjoyable performance, which although I am a fan of Richardson’s anyway I think would be enjoyed even by people new to his personality. I would certainly recommend people go to see him if they get the chance.

Will Lodge saw Jon Richardson at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on Monday October 6 2014.

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