REVIEW: Chris Addison at City Hall, Sheffield

Comedian Chris Addison wowed his fans in Sheffield.
Comedian Chris Addison wowed his fans in Sheffield.
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COMEDIAN Chris Addison gave a show to remember as he performed to a packed-out Memorial Hall at Sheffield’s City Hall.

Billing the first half of his act as ‘the support’, the star of BBC comedy panel show Mock the Week, BBC comedy The Thick of It and E4 teen drama Skins soon had the audience in the palm of his hand with an opening 10 minutes all about Sheffield – a city he has been performing in for about 20 years.

Park Square, Supertram - or ‘as everywhere else calls it, tram, it’s not super, it doesn’t fly’ – and the cheese-loving, middle-class residents of Hunters Bar were all subjects of the 41-year-old’s clever wit, as well as the fictional suburb of Not In Service, the destination of many of Sheffield’s buses.

The 500-strong crowd lapped up the performance as everything from David Cameron to the London riots and advertising were subject to the Mancunian’s own brand of humour during the two-hour show.

And talking about the perils of ‘mild fame’, he recalled the less-than-impressed reaction of a Mock the Week fan who came across him blackberry picking.

It may have been the safer side of comedy, but everyone went home with a smile on their face.

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JON BALL