Review: Al Murray, The Pub Landlord at Grimsby Auditorium
HUNDREDS of fans queued in anticipation to watch an award-winning comedian at Grimsby Auditorium.
The live stand-up show by Al Murray, more commonly known as The Pub Landlord, was a barrel of laughs as he stopped off in Grimsby as part of his The Only Way Is Epic Tour.
All 1,200 seats were taken at the sell-out gig and Grimsby fans were in stitches when he gave his forthright views about reality TV stars, the Euro crisis, the Olympics and Tour de France.
He even had a few comments about the people of Grimsby, telling the audience: "I've been asking myself why I would want to come to Grimsby and I thought … it's because I want to help you guys.
"I want to inspire you and take you on a journey during this show – I want to be the grit in the oyster."
He then went to ask people on the front row if they had been at work today – but very few had.
Al went on: "I would expect the people of Grimsby to be hard-grafters and hard-working – it's a disgrace that you haven't been at work today.
"I thought this place would have been a hub of industries."
Sharon Daulton, press and marketing manager at the Grimsby Auditorium, said she was not surprised the TV favourite's show was a sell-out.
"Comedians like this always sell well and not only do local people come out to watch him, but others travel from places such as Sheffield and Lincoln," she added.
"It's great to have a comedian of this calibre to star on the Auditorium stage – he will be coming back next year.
"Al Murray is well-known for ITV1 British Comedy award-winning series, such as Al Murray's Happy Hour.
"And he has a new series, Compete For The Meat, aired on digital channel Dave, which sees teams battle it out to win the coveted prize of a frozen chicken!"
Comedy buff, Jamie Shipston, 45, pictured below, from Barton, believes Al Murray is very different compared to other comedy acts.
"I really like him because he is just very different," he said.
"I have never seen him live before, and I think he is very unique – the way he thinks off the top of his head and makes comments on the front-row of the audience.
"In the past month I have seen Michael McIntyre, John Bishop, Sean Collins and Frankie Boyle."
Jamie also praised the Auditorium, adding: "It's great because it is an intimate venue and you can see the people on stage really well compared to the bigger venues.
"And it's only down the road!"
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