A bit of horseplay
KNOWING Chris Addison best as hapless political aide Ollie Reeder in political satire The Thick Of It, I wasn't sure what to expect from his stand-up tour.
I'm used to seeing him standing awkwardly in a suit, the victim of Malcolm Tucker's foul-mouthed insults. But in stand-up mode, Addison was just as funny.
His set was two hours of boundless energy, flailing limbs and lots of laughs.
He had Cheltenham pegged from the start, saying he was genuinely pleased to be in "the period drama town built by women purely to trap Colin Firth".
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The caricature of Cheltenham continued throughout – the horsemeat scandal doesn't affect us ("Findus? We're fine. Ocado on Tuesday, as usual.") and we were never touched by the riots ("Cheltenham looters would be running around with tins of Farrow and Ball paint – I've got the duck egg blue for the billiard room!").
In a routine about motorway driving, the M5 was the "wall" created to keep Gloucester at arm's length.
When Addison asked the audience to contribute their own anecdotes of lies they'd been told as children, one surly member piped up with a deliberately barbed: "I was told northerners were funny".
But Addison batted it off in hilarious fashion, proving in just a few sentences that he was, as he said, "funnier and cleverer than you".
Addison is clearly a smart chap, and he proved time and again how well he knows his politics and history. No part of the establishment escaped his mockery – the Government and the royal family were just two of the targets.
His impression of Theresa May shrieking about how difficult it is to be Home Secretary almost had me in tears.
The huge range of people in the Everyman's audience just shows how popular Addison is becoming.