On Friday, me and Liam went to see the comedian Greg Davies – best known as the Head of Sixth Form in The Inbetweeners. I had seen some of his stand up before and thought it was pretty funny, so I was intrigued to see his new show ‘The Back Of My Mum’s Head’.
Following an unexpected (and slightly disappointing) support act who I had seen before doing the same set which is pretty much a checklist of standard comedy trope, Greg Davies hit the stage. The show largely covered his appearance – which will probably always make up a significant amount of his shtick – as well as stories about the relationship with his mother, and her favourite thing to say to him: “It’s not normal, love”.
As well as this, we were treated to a soundscape, a roleplay using audience members playing the roles of Greg’s Mum and Dad, as well as moving song about a bonsai tree. I won’t say any more on that, because it has to be seen and heard to be believed.
This is the third ‘proper’ comedian gig I’ve experience at the Portsmouth Guildhall, after seeing Ross Noble last year (seeing him in 2014 too!) and The Mighty Boosh several years ago whilst at Uni. It’s a pretty good venue because it’s quite big, but still far from arena size. The seats were pretty filled, with only a few gaps that I could see, which oddly included half of the row behind us.
Greg Davies’ appeal mostly comes from the fact that he does a mix of the more immature comedy, as well as that ranty, angry style. He’s never abusive like Frankie Boyle, but he shares a true sense of ‘how it is’, particularly within his segment about how none of us are really even slightly normal.
At one point, he tells all the couples to look at each other, and think about the fact that your significant other has thought things that if they actually said out loud, you’d probably end your relationship from how incredibly weird you thought they were. At this point I leant towards Liam and told him that he usually does say these sorts of things out loud… not sure what that says about us as a couple!
Davies also handled the small amount of heckling quite well – instead of going on the offensive, or even flouncing them with intelligence, he opts for the risky tactic of asking them if they are finished. Almost every time comedians use this method, the idiotic audience member shuts their trap.
Although the gig was not side-splittingly funny, I was left entertained and satisfied and I would definitely see him again.
The show is already out on DVD if you fancy giving it a watch or buying it as a Christmas present for someone else who is a fan!
Which comedians have you seen live?