REVIEW | Joe Lycett at Symphony Hall

Birmingham’s own Joe Lycett doesn’t shy away from pushing the boundaries with his comedy.

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His latest show titled I’m About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett, is enough in itself to have you chuckling away to yourself even before you’ve taken a seat for the evening’s activities.

For any performer, a homecoming show is always a highlight on the calendar. For Joe, it was the perfect chance to rip into members of the audience that were local teachers, had nipped to the loo minutes after his set began, or had travelled from as far as Essex to come and see the panel show star perform in his hometown.

Whether its the utterly cringe-worthy moments of exchanging his car keys with his Mum, the trials and tribulations of refurbishing his very first home in Kings Heath, or causing some rather hilarious issues for a dear friend Peter at a well-known bank, Joe’s quick-witted humour is what makes each and every member of the audience howl with laughter.

It’s easy to see that Lycett is humbled by the reception of his home crowd, pausing on frequent occasions to thank them for taking the time to come and see him perform on a rather cold Tuesday evening. But those sentimental moments only lasted a few minutes before his colour PowerPoint presentation delivered more slick jokes.

No set of Joe’s would be complete without his incredibly popular email correspondents, which this time included emails to the Royal Academy after one his sculpture ‘Chris’ end up being accepted into its Summer exhibition, with a price tag of £12.5million – much to his mother’s frustration.

He also took a stab at Olympian Tom Dayley for his paid partnership work alongside Barclays for Pride and had the audience with his hilarious with tales of his wonderful relationship with Paul Chuckle.

A truly talented comedian, one can only wonder what on earth Lycett has in the works for his next show when it comes around, but it’s certainly one that you won’t want to miss.

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