Funny As: Alan Carr: Spexy Beast

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 9.30pm, ABC2 Satur­day night once may have been all right for fight­ing, as El­ton John fa­mously sang, but th­ese days some of us like to stay home and watch TV, es­pe­cially as the cold nights draw in. For those who en­joy the spirit of Satur­day night with­out the down­side (crowds, drunks, no park­ing, drink prices, babysit­ters) you could do a lot worse than this new se­ries of stand-up comics strut­ting their stuff on stage. Tonight it’s that work­ing-class man of the peo­ple Alan Carr, best known for his high-camp an­tics as host of the long-run­ning chat show Chatty Man. ‘‘ Mon­ica don’t fight no more — she’s calmed right down,’’ he says at one point. ‘‘ We fought it was ’ er med­i­ca­tion but the me­tal plate in ’ er ’ ead ’ ad been pickin’ up smoove FM.’’ Carr comes on like gang­busters, camp as hell and larger than life in his broad comic ges­tures — it’s a big stage for one man to fill — and from the getgo to­tally at home with the bois­ter­ous crowd of 17,000 in the packed Manch­ester Evening News Arena. The cal­i­bre and sheer quan­tity of his ma­te­rial is as­ton­ish­ing, and he seems to never stop mov­ing. Carr ap­pears far slim­mer than in his Chatty Man­days, per­haps be­cause he was tour­ing Spexy Beast (he wears glasses!) all over Bri­tain at the time. Next week: the won­der­fully dead­pan Jo Brand.

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