HAVING seen Chris Addison (pictured) live before, I can confirm his top notch comedy credentials.
He has mastered his art, taking the rowdy comedy punter every step of the way: surprising them, reeling them in and making them cry with laughter at will.
When I saw him last, The Thick Of It had appeared on TV and he was headlining Old Rope at lairy comedy club Komedia in Brighton.
The show featured comedians trying out new material and when their new gags caused tumbleweed to bounce along the stage, they had to tug on a suspended noose to allow them to delve into old material, guaranteed to get the crowd back on their side.
Despite trying new jokes out on the shouty, possibly tiddly, masses gathered mid week at Komedia, Chris Addison carried the crowd with him and had complete control over the gig.
His material, old and new, was political, observant, different, thought provoking, intelligent and very, very funny.
If he can do this with less practiced gags, just think what he can do with a finely honed show he has been perfecting for months.
Since then his star has risen even higher in the showbiz universe.
He brilliantly played sneaky clever clogs Oliver Reeder in Bafta Award winning political satire The Thick of It, which is now into its fourth season.
Chris also starred in Oscar nominated In The Loop and is currently a regular panellist on BBC2’s Mock the Week.
He has appeared on Channel 4’s Skins, BBC One’s Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo.
As a live performer he has taken five solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe, two of which garnered him Perrier Award nominations.
He has written two books, is a newspaper and magazine columnist and has performed on radio.
Brighton is just one date on his whopping 39 date tour of the UK.
And reviews of this tour seem to agree with my earlier estimation of him.
The Observer said: “One of the most accomplished live acts you are likely to see this year” and Time Out said: “Exquisite, super-smart solo show packed with gloriously funny middle-class comedy.”
The show starts at 8pm. For tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/brighton or call 0844 871 7650 (bkg fee). Tickets £22.