“You’d buy a book if it says “it’s a pageturner” on the back. For me, that’s the basic requirement.”
Michael McIntyre is another hilariously funny comedian. He’s funny because everything he says is so true! Like the pageturner quote, included above, taken from today’s episode. OK, I’ve probably misquoted it, because I didn’t write it down. Also, he does it in a funny voice. Delivery is everything. So it’s almost certainly not as funny here as it was on the show. Sorry.
Now, on the Comedy Roadshow, MM has four comedy guests each doing about five minutes. Presumably this is supposed to give upcoming acts publicity. “Appeared alongside Michael McIntyre!” “Wow, he must be good.”
Not so much, actually. The first guest was an American, which should tell you everything you need to know. Americans have a different sense of humour. This guy spent five minutes bellowing incomprehensibly at the audience. Eventually, I managed to catch that he was talking about a meat market…and some meat was £12.95 in Tesco’s…at which the audience started bellowing with laughter. What? What’s funny? Part of the problem was his accent, but we can’t hold that against him. And, I’m sorry, but meat is not that funny. Eventually, I gave up and read the paper. Much more interesting.
OK, so the next guest was a man with long hair. Also American. At first I thought, “Oh dear. Another one.” But, actually, he was quite funny. He was talking about health and safety and political correctness, which is, let’s be honest, comedy gold. They were practically designed for comedy. In fact, it’s the only thing they’re good for.
Moving on from the mildly funny bearded American, we come to a tall man who does weird things with his eyes. Frankly terrifying. But he was also funny, riffing on the perennial theme of Relationships. Namely, making a sandwich. “Do you want me to make you a sandwich?” “No.” (Man sits down to eat sandwich.) “Can I have some of your sandwich?” I have the same thing with my mother. “No, I don’t want a pudding.” Then, “Can I have some of your pudding?” No! Get your own.
And then, finally, an Iranian woman who said, “The other comedians call me the Box-ticker.” That was funny. She then proceeded to talk about being Iranian. Oh, and she did that annoying thing at the end: “I’ve been [insert name here].” (I can’t remember any of their names, having neglected to write them down. Sorry.) What do you mean, you’ve been [insert name here]? Are you going off to your execution? Are you about to change your name? No? Then why the past tense?
This is quite good for half an hour’s viewing. Michael McIntyre is always funny. And you never know, you might find someone else who makes you laugh.