Bill Bailey Unplugged review: Saturday 9 August

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I went to see Bill Bailey last night, as part of his work in progress tour.

The hilarious stand-up comic, who is also known for his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, and Black Books, is currently doing a run of intimate shows at London’s Leicester Square Theatre throughout August.

If you haven’t seen much of Bill’s work, I’d recommend checking out Black Books, which was a brilliant Channel 4 show from the late 90s/early 00s. As well as Bill, it features Tamsin Greig (who later starred in the somewhat surreal, yet wholly amazing Green Wing) and Dylan Moran (who I saw at Hammersmith Apollo in 2011 and is also fantastic live).

We were fortunate enough to get third row seats, and were suitably impressed when Bill arrived on stage to an epic guitar intro (he’s a major rock fan), and started interacting with the audience straight away about music.

I laughed a lot throughout the show – he’s very quick witted. Not to give too much of it away, here were three of my favourite bits of his show:

– UKIP: “UKIP: they’re like Top Gear for people who don’t like cars!”

– West London: he lives in West London, and he did some material on old ladies around the local area, which was pretty funny – I may be slightly biased as I grew up in West London!

– He did a great reggae/Downton Abbey remix towards the end. I don’t watch Downton, but it was still pretty funny

Cameras were banned during the show, so alas, no pictures. Also being sat three rows from the stage somewhat dampened my brilliant ideas of taking sneaky pics during the show! Regardless, it was an excellent show, and I’d totally go and see him live again.

It was my first visit to the Leicester Square Theatre, which is only a short walk from Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus tube stations. The theatre is intimate, and a great place to catch a show. They’ve got a great line up of acts for Autumn, including the very funny Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan – so I’m sure I’ll be heading back there in a couple of months!

Bill is doing two more shows there next weekend. At just £13 for a night of great comedy and coming out with a huge smile on your face, it’s well worth it!

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