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Monday, October 15, 2012
What do you give the comic who has everything? A foot spa apparently - and while Jack Dee’s wife’s plan to get him standing in a bucket of water plugged into the mains went down like a lead balloon, the comedian’s set went down a storm at the Theatre Royal.
Sunday’s sell out gig saw Dee on familiar form: grumpy, cynical and misanthropic. But behind the attitude there’s always a glint of joy, and it’s that delicate balance and the sense of being in on the joke that makes him so enjoyable to watch.
Ranging widely from Jesus as a teenager to the irritatingly chummy tone of modern food labelling, Dee delivered a nicely-paced two hour set that kept the audience laughing. The perils of giving directions to lost tourists and the etiquette of mis-delivered post also came in for some unlikely humorous treatment.
Perhaps the highlight was the surprisingly musical encore, with Dee playing guitar and - kind of - singing as he charted a series of his failed careers prior to becoming a comic. He also does a mean cat impression.
There were a few topical nods (Jimmy Savile and mis-behaving maths teachers got a few mentions) but this was mostly Jack Dee doing what he does best - and doing it well.
• Following his Norwich show Jack Dee posted in Twitter: “Thanks Norwich. V nice crowd. Horrible hotel so checked out and driving home. Until next time.”
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As the gates to the Royal Hospital Gardens at Chelsea opened to the world’s media yesterday, with a frenzy of activity as photographers and camera crews vied for the best vantage points, there was also a very palpable sense of relief among the hundreds of nurserymen and women who have come to exhibit their prize horticultural specimens that their stands were complete and looking their very best.