A bit bizarre
EVERYONE who'd bought tickets for Neil Innes was no doubt expecting a surreal evening.
And he certainly didn't disappoint.
Quite how entertained they were by it all, however, probably depended on how far they were prepared to accept that the passing years had taken their toll on Innes.
Now 68, this musician and comedian is best known for his days on the fringes of Monty Python and for the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
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He is clever and witty but there were as many misses as hits in his set at the Tithe Barn.
Some great lines – "We are on the exact spot where the past and the future meet" – and some great songs.
But a running gag about being sponsored by a supermarket fell flatter each time it was repeated.
He also lost his train of thought – as well as the frets on his guitars – too often for it to be a planned part of the act.
We all loved How Sweet To Be An Idiot and a medley of Rutles songs.
But he frequently stopped short of completing some of the best bits of his expansive back catalogue.
He ended Brave Sir Robin from the Python's classic Holy Grail half way through when the audience were lapping it up.
That said, there weren't many complaining as they filed out of the Tithe Barn afterwards.
They had smiles on the faces throughout and willed him to succeed.
For a lot of the time he did.
But it would all have been that bit slicker – and funnier – a few years ago.