REVIEW: Gary Delaney at The Lowry, Salford

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GARY Delaney took his latest show to The Lowry Theatre in Salford last night. Quays News entertainment reporter Misha Solanki went along…

The room sat around a hundred people, and every seat was full. The atmosphere was buzzing before the show, mildly helped along by the upbeat jazzy music in the background. With the faint smell of beer in the air, the show began dead on 8pm. However, even before his warm up act came out Gary himself came out with an “Ello Salford!” He claimed that he wanted to come out and “gauge the audience” to see how they responded to some of his more adult friendly jokes, and to see how far he could go with the joke that were coming up in his actual set and to warn them to “turn your phones off and generally just don’t be a d**k.” Like I say before, his act leans more towards an adult audience.

The support act Andy Robinson came out looking a lot smarter than Gary himself. He came out and straight away was able to laugh at himself and the fact he was from the midlands and had a Brummie accent, which sounds “permanently sarcastic.”

As he went through all of his jokes and stories of the act they linked up to each other and flowed, he moved from topics like the recession, when his jokes don’t work and he did an awful lot of singing for a comedian.

“Last time I was asked to sing was when I had sex.” Just like Gary’s, Andy’s jokes seem to be more for an adult audience. Andy did talk a lot about his recent holiday to the States and how he went to visit Graceland – the home of Elvis. According to Andy, stories about Elvis leads to telling the audience that “drugs are bad” and how he has a friend who takes “ketamine… what happens in someone’s life that their best prospect is to take horse tranquiliser.” But Andy was able bring his story back to Elvis and deliver his punch line well.

His set ended on a high when he started to tell the audience about his ideas on why men don’t menstruate. He ended with “I think we’d just fling our tampons at each other.” That quote encompasses what Robinson is about, jokes and stories that end in witty one liners that you just weren’t expecting.

The crowd had been well and truly warmed up and after a quick 20 minute interval Gary came out to a well responding audience. He started off his set with something that not many comedians do “I’m just recording you by the way, I mean this is Salford and you seem nice enough.”

He went through his set which was comprised of one liners which had no set theme. He just jumped about from one topic to the other. No topic seemed to be off limits: religion, racism, sexism, animal cruelty. However, most of these jokes were crude and slightly on the dark side of comedy but the audience knew that this was Gary’s style and just laughed along with him, with the occasional oooooh when he went slightly too far.

But Gary didn’t just stick to his set jokes, he seemed to be really enjoying himself with the Salford crowd. He kept going on with his own personal running commentary alongside the jokes, laughing and snorting along at himself whenever he found something particularly amusing.

Gary also did another section in his show that was very unusual, he had his laptop set up connected to a projector screen. He then went on to tell the crowd about his love of puns and how whenever he saw something funny when he was out and about, he would take a picture to bring on his shows and show his audiences. He went through the pictures with a short script to explain what the next picture was going to be. Gary also had a side show prepared of jokes that he had slipped in to Wikipedia pages, with many of them being too rude to repeat in public.

It was nice to have to comedian who does something different than just joke after joke, but everything in his set did seem very prepared and well rehearsed. He had a cheat sheet and bits of paper scattered around telling him what joke or what section of his act came next.

Gary started off well he was very engaging with the crowd and his enthusiasm with the jokes and one liners was a nice refreshing change to see. But the fact that he had no theme or running order to his one liners soon meant that the style of jokes got boring and unpredictable. Overall, I think his whole set was more geared towards an older aged audience and sometimes his choice of one liners seemed more crude and cringe worthy rather than funny.

By: Misha Solanki
@misha_solanks

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