Review: Simon Evans, The Glee Club, by Adam Everett
"I NEVER really know how to do this talking to the crowd at the beginning bit," says Simon Evans in the opening exchanges of the Glee Club leg of his Friendly Fire tour. And he's not joking either - he is certainly not a man of the people.
Evans is unashamedly pretentious, yet somehow warm and definitely very funny in his own understated way.
After the "most awkward part of the gig", he delivers exceptional observations on Bradley Wiggins, John Terry and Alan Sugar ("dispenses nuggets of wisdom straight from Donald Trump's website").
There are passages on Disneyland and the expedition of Ernest Shackleton across the Antarctic ("at no point in his diary does he just say 'for God's sake!'') during which he proves what a properly clever guy he really is.
In the midst of all the high-brow stuff though he never loses sight of what everyone has come to see him for – a good laugh.
Good wholesome comedy from a thoroughly good guy – even if he's not quite the crowd-pleaser he'd like to be.