Jon Richardson, Birmingham Hippodrome - review
Following his regular appearances on 8 Out Of 10 Cats and 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, last night saw Jon Richardson bring his ‘Old Man’ tour to a sold out Birmingham Hippodrome.
Taking to the stage wearing not one but two trademark cardigans, Richardson took the audience on a two and a half hour show based around his various gripes with the world and OCD tendencies. From his marriage to comedienne Lucy Beaumont and recent birth of his daughter, to advances in barber shop technology and the correct way to pack the dishwasher there was a wide range of relatable topics explored.
Richardson’s approachable and relatable nature made the performance warm and inviting, with a particularly involved routine seeing Richardson studying various audience members Twitter feeds prior to the performance to call them out on various subjects. This included a hilarious routine on his responsibility for fans that tweet him and how this can keep him up at night.
As Richardson himself explained, comedy can either be based in happiness and joy or in analysis of annoyances and the mundane. It’s safe to assume that Richardson fits securely into the second category. This was a show rooted in problems that everyone finds themselves in everyday, skewed via the view of an individual who of his own accord could be considered an ‘Old Man’. A highly clever and interesting show, it’s certainly worth catching Jon Richardson over the course of this year.
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