Age ain’t nothing but a number
Star rating: ***
Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden
Friday 16 May 2014
Back in the day, well, back in the 1980’s that is, alternative comedy was the comedy being produced by the likes of Alexei Sayle, Ben Elton, Rick Mayall, Ade Edmondson and the young One’s, an alternative to the so the so called “old school” comedians such as Jimmy Tarbuck, Jim Davidson and Dave Allen for instance.
Well tonight at Ruislip’s Comedy Bunker, alternative comedy came full circle with veteran comedian Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden delivering a night of musical comedy. With a combined age of about 232 they performed their own unique brand of double act musical comedy. Ronnie played his guitar and sang, whilst Barry told gags and sang his way through the show.
A packed house at Comedy Bunker enjoyed lots of clever word play and sharp, laugh out loud gags. They combined well together as a duo and it was a delight to watch two master craftsmen at work. I loved the countdown–Carol Vorderman gag and the sleep deprivation- hair loss gags especially. Brilliant.
Barry Cryer is of course most famous nowadays for his ‘I’m sorry I haven’t got a clue’ show on BBC Radio 4 and that doubtless helped secure a sold out turnout, all the more impressive for being achieved on what was the hottest day of the year.
Whilst I enjoyed the jokes and repartee and thought Ronnie Golden had a lovely voice – a bit gravelly, Rod Stewart sounding at times (great), I found it a tad too slow paced for large segments where the accent was on the music as opposed to jokes.
All in all though it was good to experience something different to a regular stand up comedy gig. The more mature audience present certainly seemed to enjoy it and there’s no reason why the 50-60+ age group shouldn’t be catered for by stand up comedians. I hope they do more dates and look forward to enjoying more comedy bunker nights.