I attended the second of Bill Baileys warm up shows at The Landmark and what a roaring success it was.
From start to finish Bill treaded the stage like a hobbit on speed. Using sharp human insight, a highly fertile imagination and a good dollop of westcountry whimsy he had the audiences laughing glands working overtime.
Answering moral observers points that Britain is in great moral decline, he compared the prison sentence of 16 months for the person grabbing an ice cream(wrong flavour though) during the recent riots to the bankers who have thrust this country into of a period of unknown austerity getting huge payoffs, pensions and not one of them under criminal investigation.
Even the ex Northern Rock supremo is working as a CEO of a huge debt company. They obviously did not read his CV too closely.
The show also had great originality and Bills rendition of Gary Numans Cars on bicycle horns was a show stopper.
Bill lapsed into his westcountry lilt which got progressively more in relation to his speed and enthusiasm.
My favourite gag was when he commented that you never ever see a westcountry war correspondent. Can you imagine one of them in Afghanistan. “Taleban, where be they today then”. Classic insight but true. I was still chuckling to that this morning whilst I was walking the dog in the hills above Combe Martin looking across to his 8th Wonder of the World (The Wildlife and Dinosaur Park).
Great night out and brilliant value. If I meet you in the Pack I will buy you a drink Sir.