Funny As: Alan Carr: Spexy Beast
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.