Reviewed by Michelle Wright
On Saturday (24 May) my husband and I went to The Lowry in Salford Quays, Manchester to see Jimmy Carr’s latest show, Funny Business. I love going to The Lowry – it’s so easy and convenient to park, there are bars and restaurants to visit if you would like a pre-show meal and The Lowry itself is always friendly and clean, with a fabulous energetic buzz about it.
We had been looking forward to the show for weeks – we are BIG fans of Jimmy Carr, not only for his really quick and sharp sense of humour but I just love his laugh!
There were streams of groups going into The Lowry but the majority of the audience was made up of couples on a date night.
The stage had been set up simply with a couple of chairs, a large screen in the middle and a desk to one side. Jimmy had no support act and came on doing the two hours of comedy himself.
As soon as he started his show, the audience warmed to him immediately. It certainly wasn’t a stuffy show in a theatre where there was no audience participation and it wasn’t that of the comedy club where people felt victimised (from my experience). Jimmy involved those on the front row (expected if you buy a ticket there!) and various people in the audience who when answering his questions were basically volunteering to be targeted!
The subject matters were basically sex, religion, occupation and more sex. Some of the jokes were ever so slightly below the belt or even on the belt, but all hilarious!
It was amazing the constant stream of one liners – and quick witted retorts from Mr Carr. His humour is so dry and so clever!
In the interval the audience had the opportunity to text in jokes and questions if you weren’t confident to shout out in the actual show. At the beginning of the second part, Jimmy read them out from a large screen in the middle of the stage which was also used to show illustrations in parts, to enhance his jokes.
By the end of the show my jaw was aching from laughter as much as my belly was hurting! If you are not prudish or easily offended, but want a great night out with loads of laughs seeing one of the UK’s top stand-up comedians – then book yourself a ticket and don’t miss this hilarious show, by a very clever and talented man.
Funny Business is touring around the country until November 2015.
For more information and tour dates visit www.jimmycarr.com. Tickets cost £25.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000