BEING one of Britain’s most well-experienced comedians it was no surprise that Jeremy Hardy had the audience giggling at every joke and pun! Last night was Jeremy’s second time performing at the Lowry theatre and definitely upped his game!

The audience was constantly laughing at his cynical eye and sarcastic wit as his jokes are very relatable.  He starts off his set by laughing about various events that have happened in the last year, particularly the Referendum.

There are some gloomy eyes in the audience however he brightens the atmosphere very quickly by joking about how various politicians have left their mess behind.

He also joked about his good friend, now in charge of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn. Hardy recounts the ridiculous situation when he was refused a vote in the election for the leader of the Labour Party just for being a member of the opposite Party.

“When Jeremy said he was running for leader of the Labour Party it was like when your children come and tell you that they’re going to be in a play… And you think ‘Oh god you’re not, are you?”

The first half of Hardy’s show saw him relax into hilarious and surreal flights of fantasy, the comedy coming thick and fast, being in full control of his audience and his material.

The entrenched views he jokes about are what most people experience every day, current events and society’s quirks.

After the interval, his routine is more centered around how the country has changed since he was younger and casts a reminiscing eye over his mother and father’s lives.

He jokes about how people in the media think old people will be affected by breast feeding in public.

“My mother raised children after she had been through one of toughest times of her life, no I do not think she would have cared one bit.

“And to be honest as my father was getting older and unable to care for himself, he was then cared for by women a quarter of his age, so if any of them popped a t*t out he would have been b****y delighted.”

Half way through the second half he asks to borrow a tissue from the audience, ‘No I’m not joking has someone please got a tissue’, and from that moment on he stumbled over a few gags, laughing about how none of the audience are paying attention.

The theme of gender then occurs and how men struggle to understand the opposing gender, ‘to all the women in the audience, for god sake just spell it out to us because we are utterly f*****g useless’, which had the audience in an uproar of laughter.

Hardy’s light-hearted demeanor and wit means he managed the inevitable tension between the focus on appalling aspects of society and the need to make us laugh. The lack of fear he portrays when mixing reality and politics into comedy, is what makes him an outstanding ‘alternative stand up’ comedian.

By Rachel Foy 

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