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Comedy 42 at Lichfield Garrick

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Loads of laughs from around the world
What an impressive international line-up of comedians to highlight the new fun-filled comedy series at Lichfield's Garrick theatre.

Lichfield Garrick, theatre, Comedy 42
Lichfield Garrick - home of Comedy 42

It is said that laughter is a universal language, and so it proved with the talented 'global' comics who took to the stage as part of the monthly Comedy 42 programme, which takes its name from a line in the cult TV comedy sci-fi series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

The 'universal' line-up that delighted local comedy fans included an Australian living in Britain of Cypriot heritage and a British Asian whose family originate from India.

The show was headlined by Nish Kumar, who has been supporting Milton Jones on his UK tour. But it was home-grown comedian Gary Delaney who kicked things off.

Gary Delaney, Lichfield Garrick, Comedy 42
Gary Delaney at Lichfield Garrick

The star of television comedy shows such as Mock the Week and Robert's Web, Gary is a master of the one-liner, which he reels off in a seemingly never-ending stream.

As he told the audience, it is quite good to do rude jokes in a gig that starts at 7.30pm, but his self-proclaimed "smart and smutty" material is incredibly clever and sharp.

Very little escapes his attention, from religion and football to losing weight and breastfeeding in public.

And when he strays away from the one-liners it is to produce a series of hilarious problem-solving puzzles he has written and sent to a newspaper agony aunt.

Yianni, Australian, comedian, Lichfield Garrick
Australian comic Yianni

Next up was Australian funnyman Yianni who has been working the comedy circuit in the UK for the last 11 years.

He had much to complain about the system of tipping for service in UK restaurants, compared to the diverse practice in the US and Japan.

And he also gave a hilarious routine about an incident while working on board a cruise ship which allegedly got him sacked.

Yianni certainly deserves a wider audience, and the same is also clearly true of Nish Kumarr, host of BBC Radio 4's New Jack, who brought the show to an end.

Nish Kumar, Lichfield Garrick, Comedy 42
Nish Kumar who headlined the show

He produced wonderful routines about ringing the NHS 111 helpline after cutting his hand and changing the long-established Monopoly board game to include a new set of Consequence cards.

The left-wing comic - "because right wing comedy doesn't work" - also railed against the number of strip clubs in Auckland, New Zealand, and the complaints over the suggestion of a black James Bond.

Local comedian Chris Purchase, who has something of the air of Phill Jupitus about him despite losing 9lbs, ably kept things flowing along inbetween the acts.

Catch the next Comedy 42 show at the Lichfield Garrick on Friday 24 July from 7.30pm, priced 16, by visiting or by calling the Box Office on 01543 412121.
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Why? Laughter makes the world go round
When: 12 June 2015
Phone: 01543 412121
Where: Lichfield Garrick, Castle Dyke, Lichfield WS13 6HR
Cost: 16 a ticket
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