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).
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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 What can't open in Norfolk on May 17 - and why
- 2 Man, 89, was killed by lorry as he headed to his parents' grave
- 3 Go-ahead for eagles to be reintroduced to Norfolk
- 4 Norfolk seaside village third most sought-after in UK
- 5 'Absolutely horrific' - Girl, 14, kicked and punched in face in fight
- 6 Former Primark store goes up for rent
- 7 1,000 people book for Norwich restaurant's 'back out to help out' offer
- 8 Ten Covid patients in Norfolk's hospitals means more restrictions should be eased
- 9 Moment delivery driver walks through shop window
- 10 What happened when The Only Way Is Essex was filmed in Norfolk?
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.