Ben Elton returns to his old stomping ground of Catford in London to play the same theatre he visited in the 80’s when first starting out as a comedian. With support from Jason Byrne and Tom Stade, the unusual venue and lack of Michael McIntyre make a refreshing change.
Ben Elton is somewhat rusty and gets the heartiest laughs when he isn’t insulting people with tattoos (most of his audience). He also shows his true colours as a staunch New Labour supporter. His routine is funny and incisive, but perhaps lacks enough irony to carry off the judgemental tone.
Jason Byrne does the eye patch joke again and is reliably funny. The nostalgia of his routine has the audience in stitches.
Tom Stade steals the show with a risqué routine on troops in Afghanistan. As a man who has visited the country and performed for Allied troops at the camps, Stade takes the opportunity to call-up the American military on their style choices.