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Josh Widdicombe: If This Show Saves One Life (Off The Kerb Productions)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

The constantly bemused Josh Widdicombe – a young man more tightly wound than his curly mop of blond hair – knows how to write a fantastic stand-up routine. Hysteria-inducing jokes arrive in lightning quick succession during this frighteningly impressive debut hour, with only momentary respite for the audience to regain composure before another torrent of amusement strikes. A natural raconteur, Widdicombe’s exasperated diatribes on life’s petty irritations are never childish or self-indulgent, but mature and concerning subjects that punters can appreciate regardless of age or gender. This everyman quality makes him a strong contender to headline corporate arenas in the future – ask master comedian Rhod Gilbert, who must’ve noticed his crown resting uneasily as he watched the prodigious apprentice in action.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 28 Aug (not 15), 7.15pm (8.15pm), £8.50 – £11.00, fpp102.
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