Last Thursday evening I went with a friend to the Artrix Arts Centre in Bromsgrove to see Rob Beckett and his supporting comedian, Lloyd Griffith. I really love Artrix as a venue as it is quiet and cosy, I’ve only been there a couple of times but constantly check the website for touring comedians as the venue guarantees comfy seats and small, ‘intimate’ audiences.
I hadn’t previously heard of Lloyd but thought he was hilarious, not to mention interesting because he is also a choir singer and has an amazing voice that he used as part of his set. Being on the second row, with nobody sat in the seats in front of us, my friend and I were in the prime position to be picked on but luckily Lloyd chose the lady right next to us instead! This involved him jumping down off the stage and clambering over the first row to sit practically on her lap while his foot was half a metre from my face, that was also interesting. I really liked Lloyd Griffith after seeing his short set and was glad he was Rob’s support as he is a new comedian that I hadn’t heard of before so I felt kind of privileged to have a new comedian to
Rob’s set wasn’t disappointing either- before seeing him live I had only really seen his material in short snippets on panel shows like 8 out of 10 Cats and Mock the Week but I did actually recognise quite a bit of it, and I laughed a lot. One thing I really like about Rob is that his work is very biographical- he talks a lot about his friends, family and childhood which I think adds a very personal tone to his material. For example, he explained that he is one of five boys and his mum can never get his name right which I can really relate to as I am one in five girls and get all kinds of names (from my sister’s to my dog’s) shouted at me.
I won’t spoil the show for anyone who hasn’t had the chance to see it yet but I will say what most fans of his already know: what I love most about him is that he still seems like a kid, he has the widest, cheekiest grin I think I’ve ever seen and he has such an honest style of story telling that I really felt like I knew him after listening to him talk for an hour or so. Here’s a clip that includes some of the material he used in the show:
After the show, Rob waited outside the doors and shook hands with all of us which I thought was a really nice touch (even if he did give me his eye infection somehow- what a claim to fame).