STEPHEN BAILEY: CAN’T THINK STRAIGHT      ****

COMEDY

LAUGHING HORSE @ THE FREE SISTERS V272 

AUGUST 2ND TO 27TH (NOT 14TH)

17.15

Stephen Bailey has an enthusiastic audience falling about laughing for much of his show. He is well known for his appearances on ITV’s Safeword and for W’s Celebrity Advice Bureau. The packed audience were fully with him from the start. They gave him a rousing welcome and a very enthusiastic second welcome. He had a very good rapport with his audience, and they enjoyed his talk about his Radio 4 audience and his estate followers. He talked directly to a number of audience members who enjoyed the attention, though when it came to singles and gay audience members owning up I am sure many people were just that bit shy.

Stephen had a good deal of affectionate material about his father, whose skills are clearly appreciated, and who had some pithy and sensible things to say about sexuality. There were many references to sagging body parts that were much appreciated by the audience. He promised us many dick jokes,  but there were maybe not as many as I had thought there might be.

Stephen has strong and important things to say about homophobia and gay rights, and becomes serious for a couple of minutes, which is excellent to see. Very good to see the Waverley cause also promoted. Stephen clearly has a solid sense of values as well as a very good sense of what makes an audience have a brilliant time  and forget all their troubles as they roll about in helpless laughter prompted by this very skilled and extremely professional entertainer.

If you want to throw off the cares of the day at tea time, thus is the guy to seek out.

Tony Challis