Review: Comedian Jon Richardson At The Olympia Theatre

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Comedian Jon Richardson

Alan Lambert saw comedian Jon Richardson’s latest show, Nidiot, and was not disappointed.

Jon Richardson, the smiliest grumpy person you’re likely to encounter, returned to Dublin’s Olympia Theatre last week with his new show Nidiot. Richardson is perhaps best known for his role as team captain on ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats’ and its ‘8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown’spin-off. He has also made appearances on ‘Have I Got News For You’, ‘Live At The Apollo’ and ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’.

Having been a fan since reading his book, the fiercely funny ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’, a relationship guide from the point of view of a seemingly terminally single man, I missed my chance to see him live when he played in Dublin in early 2012. So when I heard tickets were on sale for a new show, I jumped at the chance to go.

Filing in to a sold-out Olympia Theatre, I was both nervous and excited – excited at seeing one of my favourite comedians, but nervous because I’d decided to bring along a friend who was completely unfamiliar with his work.  I didn’t know whether to mention that he’s a self-confessed neat freak, or to explain the difference between a “putter” and a “leaver” – i.e. types of people who always know where their belongings are, or people who constantly lose things. In the end, that wasn’t a worry, from the moment he needed to clear a piece of fluff off the stage, “I bet there’s no fluff on the stage when Dara O’Briain plays”, it was all very clear what sort of person we were about to hear from.

Richardson’s banter with the audience was excellent, from audience members swapping seats to Bono’s tax affairs, the off-the-cuff gags were as funny as the written anecdotes, which for me is always the sign of a good comedian.

Nidiot covers topics from stag parties to love, with accents, speedboats and the weather thrown in for good measure. What may come across as a very self-involved stage show is one of the cleverest acts out there.  This isn’t a comedian of old, who just stands there telling gags with terrible punch lines, this is observational comedy from the point of view of someone who is more like us than we’d like to let on to ourselves.  Richardson details his insecurities in various situations from safety fears to opening yourself up to falling in love with someone, and it’s his honesty that makes him stand out amongst his peers.

Each anecdote ties to the next, and by the end of the show you’ve lived a personal journey with him, and I’m glad to say, my friend loved it just as much as I did.

If this show comes around again, I highly recommend you dust off your credit card, re-organise your cupboards and get tickets for what is definitely a fantastic night out.

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