Prior to the show, audience members were asked to contribute questions or dilemmas to the 34-year-old Bristol born comedian, allowing the audience to have some input. When Howard took to the stage, he dipped in and out of the questions – which also featured some from the internet – breaking up his new material and giving fans a treat of what to expect in the new TV show.
Howard was his usual cheeky-chappy self, interacting with and showing an interest in the audience members. The show’s highlights included a Polish man using self-promotion to plug his own business and a Canadian who thought massages were meant to be painful; contrary to Howard’s recent massage of awkwardness.
There was a no holds barred approach for Howard’s set, as the comedian discussed topics such as Jimmy Savile, politics and Nigel Farage. Walking the edge of what’s deemed ‘appropriate’ is something that Howard is well versed at after years on the comedy scene.
Fans were also treated to two supporting acts on the night: American comedian John Kearns, who won the Best Show at Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2014. His short yet sharp performance saw him live up to the award as he engaged with the audience and kept them entertained with his tales of working in KFC. His viewpoint on distancing himself from other Americans since living in the UK provided a humorous but slightly true view of how the British, in particular Londoners, ignore other people on the train.
As the other special guest, comedienne Holly Walsh provided a light hearted and timely set by discussing relationships, the dreaded Valentine’s Day and her own personal romantic experiences.
Howard’s Lock 17 show was a great opportunity to see one of the UK’s favourite comedians in an intimate venue. With two amusing supporting acts and a heap of audience interaction, there were smiles all round when the show ended.
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