Phill Jupitus. We know and love him from Never Mind the Buzzcocks as the friendly but perennially sharp team captain. Some of us (although far too few) tuned into his radio show on 6Music, listening enraptured to his hilarious take on the day’s events and enjoying his eclectic musical taste. So what’s in store when he returns to his original career, stand up? Surely it will be a storming mash-up of witty put-downs, sharp writing and good music?
Well, not quite. Jupitus is a more traditional stand-up than you might expect, with a variety of domestic stories to share. His parents’ increasing eccentricity is a big topic, while at the other end of the scale his daughter’s boyfriend provides a bone of contention. It’s all confidently handled and delivered with aplomb – punctuated with the occasional Mutleyesque snigger – but isn’t it all just a little bit … bland?
That’s not to say that this isn’t an enjoyable hour of comedy. It really is – Jupitus is as intelligent and dry as ever, and his impression of smug thirtysomethings is particularly brilliant (yes, you would catch me in your planned shop, Mr Jupitus), but the show doesn’t quite reach the high expectations I had beforehand.
And giving airtime to Coldplay? Surely that’s an unforgivable offence.
Phill Jupitus: Stand Down, The Stand I, 5-28 August (not 15, 22), 8.25pm
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