Laughs Galore With Jasper and Alistair


REVIEW Jasper Carrott and Alistair McGowan, Theatre Royal Winchester, 24 October 2016

This show should come with a health warning. Jasper Carrott won’t know this, but he is solely to blame for me almost pegging out in the early 90s here in the South, when I was laughing so much during one of his live shows that I could hardly breathe. My oh my, he did it again to me last night during the snoring routine. If you’re going to the second sold-out show, you will understand.

Jasper has this knack of being able to continue – and add to – a sketch so that it gets funnier by the second; you’re still laughing at the first bit after 30 seconds and he’s adding to it all the time, so it just gets worse. During that sketch in the second half, I had tears of joy running down my face, my head felt like it was going to burst and I was laughing so much that, once again, I could hardly breathe.
The show was staged in two lots of 30 minutes each – and I think that was a good idea to split the bill and timing. I desperately wanted to see Alistair McGowan do his impressions, because on telly he appears in such short bursts that I have always wanted more. He’s one of my favourite comedians – and he didn’t disappoint.
Alistair’s extraordinary observation extends to many famous faces from the present and past – and not just to their voices, but to their mannerisms as well. He then puts those people into different and unexpected scenarios.

By Kevin Gover


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