For someone who has made his way through life as a waiter, reportedly dabbled with the idea of becoming a priest, and who has struggled with alcohol abuse and depression before achieving major success as a stand-up comedian, you’d think Jack Dee would look happy. But he doesn’t…and that’s one of the reasons why we still love him.
Nobody does dour deadpan delivery like our Jack, and despite years of prime-time TV through shows like BBC 2’s Lead Balloon, countless appearances on panel shows like QI, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, 8 Out Of 10 Cats and Have I Got News For You, as well as a long spell hosting BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, he is still as miserable as sin.
The multiple British Comedy Award winning comic has mellowed slightly over the last few years as evidenced by a couple of intimate shows at The Glee Club this time last year, where new material was delivered with a smile, although the real sparkle came from banter with the audience.
We’re still on the familiar ground of sharp observational comedy and day-to-day annoyances with Jack, such as why supermarket assistants now cater to your every whim, even though you just want to know where the poppadoms are, or why people seem to want to share every uninteresting detail of their life with you, leading to the only logical response (a Dee-ism if there ever was one) of ‘So What?!’
A guaranteed great night out with one of the best British comedians performing today.
16 & 17 November
Words: Lyle Bignon