KICKING OFF his second tour date in the depths of Greater Manchester, Josh Widdicombe ignites The Lowry with his cynically lined jokes and shamming childhood tales.

As courteous as comedians reach, the first joke traditionally cracked at the expense of an audience member, his esteemed profession; ‘Caravan sticker maker.’

Some may call that a lucky dip from the first row.

His innate knowledge of Devon penetrates through as he recalls his childhood, set within the empty corners of South-West England.

His fast paced annoyance seeps through as he paints the picture of a ten-year-old Josh Widdicombe residing in a dainty cabin bed, featuring a lower level workstation.

He pauses in disgust to recollect the walk of Jesus he undertook when climbing the painstaking staircase up to his bunk bed.

Reaching the tender age of ten, his lower bed workstation was indefinitely an irreplaceable asset, along with his fun facts ring binder.

In the view of a ten-year-old, why convert to aspiring for a cliché dream career, being a teacher or a fireman.

The comedian reminisces the ambitions of young Josh, he dreamt of becoming possessor of an ‘independent, small, business.’

Unfailingly prioritising audience involvement, a selection of humorous comments continued to roll off as he interacted with a teenage, schoolboy.

The stereotypical youngster adored Xbox and the remainder of replies were subjected to ‘dunnos’, one aspect which struck Widdicombe was his Northern origins; Blackburn.

Widdicombe communicated his childhood view of the American Dream. He dreamt of a life lived within the close-knitted hub of North England.

It was reiterated that any destination with a transport link consisting of a bus which ran more than once a week would suffice, that voids out Devon.

Raucous laughter effortlessly filled the halls as the transport issue jeopardised the comedians schedule for a quintessential weekly shop.

The much anticipated show was supported by Eton alumnus, Ivo Graham who featured at the Edinburgh Fringe festival earlier this year.

As the comic conforms to the stereotypical expectations connected to a well-educated student, his eloquent tongue ties jokes with intellectually constructed references.

His visual portrayal feeds into the humour as he far from represses his elite background.

The erudite nature of the comedian commits his material to appeal to a diverse audience range as he weaves in relevant, and current news stories.

Graham flags up the irritation regular commuters are subject to; the battery bust.

Stepping onto a South TransPennine train, darting to the first class quarters to charge up your iPhone 4.

The intention being to leave the house with hundred per cent, and entering back with a glorious hundred per cent.

The issue with the form of transport not being Virgin is that the human will be forced to compromise the elite standard of life in first class, to be transferred back to endure a standard class life.

Gazing longingly through the sliding doors, the compromise made with the ticket officer is that the oblivious iPhone 4 would experience the height of train living, but the iPhone only.

The night is crammed with a satisfying balance of light and shade as Josh Widdicombe’s moans and groans are softened by the supporting act.

The Mock the Week guest has entered the world of situational comedy after BBC Three welcomed his programme, ‘Josh’.

Retaining loyalty to his stage persona, the character ‘Josh’ evokes relatable situations ending in embarrassment, shortly met by laughter.

The young comedian takes his critical sense of humour as he co-hosts the Channel 4 comedy talk show, The Last Leg.

Widdicombe continues to strengthen his profile as he will feature on a new BBC2 panel show, Insert Name Here, hosted by the eccentrically ridden presenter, Sue Perkins.

By: Henna Sheth
@hennasheth

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