Wednesday 13 December 2017

Review: Jack Whitehall in Dublin - 'He really has become his own man and a very funny one too'

Jack Whitehall, 3Arena, Dublin

Jack Whitehall
Jack Whitehall
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

British comedian and actor Jack Whitehall is a divisive figure. He makes no attempt to hide his plummy accent and affluent London upbringing, and even uses it as a source of mirth.

"I come from a very rough part of London," he says. "It's called Notting Hill." Whitehall has become the cheeky pin-up boy of mainstream arena-headlining comedy.

Michael McIntyre specialises in a warm, cuddly brand of expletive free wholesomeness you could bring your grandparents to, while John Bishop trades in slightly more sweary but inoffensive patter that's a solid bet for a date night. Posh Jack the Lad Whitehall is a little edgier.

"I was going to tell you a few Trump jokes, but this tour is being recorded for a DVD coming out at Christmas," he says. "With a bit of luck, he'll be assassinated long before then." 

Not everything in the first half works, and some of his routines fall into predictable toilet humour, but there are still some great moments.

"I don't do many charity gigs, but I did a show for people who rely on benefits and don't have a job," he begins. "It was called the Royal Variety Show." The audience crack up. "Wow, that one goes down so much better here than at home," Whitehall squeals. 

After an entertaining but uneven first half, Whitehall really finds his stride in the second. His war stories from unsuccessful auditions and castings in the United States are brilliant, and there is one about a Disney movie I won't spoil for the benefit of anyone heading along tonight or another date on the tour.  

In the past, Whitehall was accused of allegedly plagiarising Stewart Lee. However, on this evidence, he really has become his own man, and he's a very funny one, too. 

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