Hitherto, I have remained unconvinced by Michael McIntyre.
The grating, slightly self-satisfied air he has exhibited on seemingly every panel show going seems more characteristic of a rookie television presenter than one of the country's most hotly-tipped young stand-ups.
Still, you can't argue with the box office - a full house greeted the comedian's eventual, delayed arrival on stage last night (stuck in traffic, apparently).
Easy-going, semi-improvised banter with the audience punctuated by gentle, observational riffs on the absurdities of everyday life is McIntyre's stock-in-trade.
So after a fairly predictable routine about East Anglia's pesky tractors, we get some onstage tomfoolery involving a couple of identical twins in the front row, followed by musings on restaurant etiquette, puberty and the funny things children say.
- 1 Tributes paid to 'lovely' teenager as police continue murder probe
- 2 Man charged with murder of 19-year-old daughter
- 3 Four Norfolk gastropubs named among best in UK
- 4 'Heartbreaking' - Vandals force landmark church to close after damage spree
- 5 Two men charged with murder after death in Downham Market
- 6 Hospital worker set for £60,000 payout after raising 'bullying' concerns
- 7 Woman 'shocked' after brick thrown through living-room window
- 8 Cyclist's relief as driver is convicted following traumatic accident
- 9 Toddler died after getting trapped between stair gates
- 10 Fire at farm near Taverham being treated as arson
With his boyish, fluffy hair and hyperactive demeanour, McIntyre keeps everything bustling along nicely, and at times resembles a hybrid of Ronnie Corbett and Mr Toad.
But all too often the patiently-awaited killer line never appears, and routines dissolve into one another with well-drilled but unexciting efficiency.
For belly laughs, go and see Ross Noble or Milton Jones.
But if you're looking for a restrained evening of stand-up that wouldn't have looked out of place in the light entertainment world of yesteryear, Michael McIntyre's your man.