It was four comedians for the price of one at the Royal Concert Hall on Friday night, as Sarah Millican, Milton Jones, Seann Walsh and Rob Rouse descended on Nottingham to bring their own unique brand of laughs to everyone’s Christmas.
Rouse took on compere duties, warming up the sold out crowd nicely before Seann Walsh took to the stage to really get the show started in style.
With a blinding wit, and a keen eye for detail, he tore into the technologically obsessed world in which we live, before going on to question the very human condition itself, asking questions like “Why do we always look around when we slip, or look up when we bang our heads, even if we already know what was there.” These led to some incredibly funny moments of pure physical comedy, and had the audience rolling in the aisles with laughter (purely metaphorically of course).
Next up it was the turn of northern lass – and co-headliner -Sarah Millican, who used her time to challenge female stereotypes, joking that she had looked in a women’s magazine that morning and seen that a celebrity had “ballooned” to a size 12, before pointing out that her own left arm was probably a size 12 in its own right.
Finally it was the turn of Milton Jones, the undisputed king of the one-liner, and one of the most sought after comedy acts of the 2010.
Despite an audibly loud argument taking place back stage during his set, momentarily distracting him from his relentless stream of punchlines, this would not stop him for long, and as he regained steam it became clear why this man was the clear choice to close the show.
Outrageously funny, every single one of his jokes hit its target with a precision that only a real master of the art could achieve. Milton will be around for a long time to come, and having already made the jump to big venues like this, the inevitable arena tour must almost certainly be next on his to-do list.