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Friday 06 October 2017

Review: Greg Davies Live @ The Brighton Centre

Greg Davies has a comedic face. No disrespect, but he only has to glance at a camera and people wet themselves. He's also an imposing figure, standing at 6 ft 8 in tall in his size 13 shoes. But can he cut it live? Stephanie Keane was at The Brighton Centre to find out ..

First up he's banned from mentioning his parents in his current stand-up material. They told him that they weren't to be included this time and that his dad "selfishly died three years ago" and he was disappointed as they make up more than half of his material.

This current show was named after a cab journey Greg was once taking through London. He pulled up to some traffic lights (and he had the window down), a man recognised Greg and leant into the cab, grabbed his collar and growled "you magnificent beast" and then left. 

He spoke about a 5ft teddy bear he wanted for Christmas from Clinton Cards when he was young. His mum couldn't afford it so she made it for him for Christmas and called it "Blue Ted" (it looked more like a deformed frog). 

Greg cackled as he revealed that he "fucked that bear throughout his teenage years" and when his mum saw the show in his home town earlier this year, she was, quite understandably, mortified.

Then came the insights on his much publicised early career as a teacher. He hated it but thought it was a cushy easy job. 

That was until he decided to gather quotes to show throughout the night. 

He met up with one of his old students who revealed: "You were really nice and a good laugh, but let's be honest, you were a shit teacher!"

He closed the show with his support act (Barry Castagnola) dressed as 'Blue Ted' running on stage to hump him till he fell over.

It was a brilliant night, full of blue comedy, enjoyed by all.

by: Stephanie Keane


Pic by John Morgan

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Pic by Phil Nicholls

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