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James Dowdeswell – Doofus (James Dowdeswell / The Stand Comedy Club)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Before James Dowdeswell takes to the stage, someone comes round with free nuts. “James’ sister owns a nut company,” he explains, offering samples to the audience. It’s an odd way to commence, but once Dowdeswell starts talking, it begins to make perfect sense: within ten minutes, the affable comic manages to make the audience feel like old and trusted friends. It’s a style of comedy absolutely perfect for this small room: gently funny anecdotes are endearingly addressed directly to audience members, giving the show an intimate feel, as though we’ve all just met down the pub. Chatty and cheerful, it’s great fun throughout; and unlike real pub sessions, nobody gets drunk and weepy.

The Stand Comedy Club III & IV, 5 – 28 Aug (not 15), 4.45pm (5.45pm), £5.00 – £8.00, fpp94.
tw rating 4/5