5 February 2017
Reviewed by Julie Buckley
What a fantastic night we had last night! We went to The Lowry in Salford, Manchester to watch Stephen K Amos. Neither my partner or I had seen much of him before so we didn’t know what to expect, we were not disappointed. The Lowry is easy to get to with parking opposite at the outlet for only £3. Staff are always really helpful and the theatre was clean, warm and welcoming. We were sat 6 rows from the front with brilliant views of the stage. But to be honest anywhere in the Quays theatre has great views of the stage.
First on stage was a warm up act Pete, ok in a geeky sort of way but not really a warm up – more like a stroll in the park rather than a jog. This left us worried for the main event, hoping our Sunday evening trip to Salford hadn’t been a waste of time.
After a 20 minute interval it began an hour and half set.
On comes the main act. Stephen walked on the stage like he owned it, the audience went wild. Immediately he was interacting with the audience, this carried on throughout the show with a key few audience members getting a mention throughout the performance from the poor young man who was there with the in-law and a few awkward jokes to him about sex, to the young lad from Cheshire – not to mention Barry! Stephen was not immune to the fits of laughter throughout the performance when quick witted audience members came back on his jokes – the lady in her coat all evening gave him the giggles.
Stephen’s performance was really up to date and topical – mentioning Trump and ISIS amongst other things. He gave underlying messages about racial discrimination throughout the performance whilst never faulting from comedy his message of equality and diversity rang out.
From posh speaking London accent to mimicking his parent’s Nigerian accents he was not afraid to make fun of himself as well as the audience. Who now from in that room would fly West Indies Airways!
We go to a lot of comedy shows but on the way out we both had to say he was the best we have seen so far. It’s going to take a genius to beat his performance last night. He gets the audience involved, doesn’t have to overly offend anyone to get a laugh. My ribs were hurting from so much laughing. A thoroughly funny and brilliant evening from our new king of comedy. Would we go see him again? Definitely. A massive 5 out of 5 for Stephen K Amos.
Stephen K Amos is currently on tour around the UK. For more information and tour dates visit stephenkamos.com.
For other shows at The Lowry in Manchester visit www.thelowry.com.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000