The latest part of the comedian Michael McIntyre's tour reached London's O2 Arena. The comedian delivered two sets of wry observational comedy to packed house.
The Michael McIntyre roadshow reached London during October 2012, arriving and London's biggest indoor venue, the O2 Arena.
Michael McIntyre is an English stand-up comedian. As well as his stand-up, he has performed on programs such as Live at the Apollo and has his own program, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.
McIntyre's current show is called 'Showtime', where the comedian performs a stand-up routine along on stage. The set is divided into two hour-long sets, with an obligatory encore tagged onto the end.
The Digital Journal attended the gig on Friday October 5 and the reporter was caught up amongst the merriment.
Some of the material worked better than others. Where McIntyre appeared spontaneous and where his comical anecdotes moved beyond his family, the material was much funnier. Whatever his material, McIntyre can work and audience well and he exudes energy as he paces rapidly back-and-forth across the stage.
McIntyre opened with a routine about his wife and the way that relationships change the longer a couple are together, especially as familiarity creeps in. He then moved onto several sketches about his children. The observations were sharp, although some of the stories seemed a little contrived.
In the second set, the material seemed sharper and it flowed better. This included a very funny sketch about a visit to hospital and the effects of aesthetic.
The reaction from the press about the tour has been generally positive. The Daily Telegraph said, for example: "big-hearted Michael Mac is very welcome back all the same. The boyo done good so far". In addition, The Guardian described the show as "a minor masterpiece of comic storytelling." Certainly the audience at the concert were rolling around laughing for most of the set.
McIntyre's style of humor will not be to everyone tastes. It is a little cosy, a little mainstream and a little middle-class. For those who prefer a slightly more inventive edge will prefer someone like Eddie Izzard. However, for couples with children, many of McIntyre's observations are funny and true and his show is a great way to beat the stresses of modern life, to turn it in on itself, an laugh out loud at it.