Josh Widdicombe comes to Plymouth Pavilions
PUBLISHED: 14:23 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:26 19 September 2016
Josh Widdicombe returns to his roots literally, in his stand-up show which talks about growing up in Dartmoor
Comedian Josh Widdicombe has a flourishing TV career on shows such as The Last Leg, Mock the Week, QI and Live at the Apollo as well as his own sitcom, Josh, which returns in the autumn. Now he’s returning to his comedy roots – stand-up – with a show which observes his personal roots, growing up on Dartmoor.
Josh grew up in Haytor Vale, memories of which are used in his new show What Do I Do Now?
“I love stand-up,” he beams. “I think of myself as a stand-up. It’s not like a proper job, but it’s what I do. Other things just happen to me, and they have all come out of my stand-up. It’s good to remind myself why I ended up getting my own sitcom.
“As a stand-up, you naturally talk about what’s interesting you, so I’ll be discussing what’s annoying me right now. But I’ll also be doing a lot about growing up in Devon in the 1990s. At my primary school, there were only four children in my year. It was a very different experience from a lot of other people’s. So I’ll be doing some comparing and contrasting with how I live now.”
Josh is excited about returning to live performance after an absence spent in TV studios.
“I really like the lifestyle, and I really like travelling around the UK. It’s a very pleasant way to see the country. It’s really interesting to see where people come from and then talk to them about those places.
“That interaction with the audience is what keeps the show lively and it’s what keeps you interested as a performer. If you’re doing a show for 50 nights, it’s very nice to make every show a bit different. That way, each night feels like a one-off for that particular audience.
“It’s really good to create the sense that something’s happening that night which is not happening anywhere else. To do a completely rehearsed show would seem odd. You might as well send the audience the DVD. It’s important to remember it’s live entertainment.”
His down-to-earth demeanour helps him connect with audiences, on and off stage.
“People are very well-meaning. They don’t shout abuse. It’s all really positive. They don’t want to talk about much because in these days of camera phone everyone is obsessed with documenting that moment.
“As long as they’ve got proof that it happened, it’s fine. That’s how it works.”
Josh, who previously had a successful career as a sports journalist on The Guardian, says that What Do I Do Now? Is very different to his live TV show, The Last Leg.
“I don’t talk about big issues in my act. On TV, a lot of shows are topical, but that’s not why I started doing comedy. I’ve never done stand-up about politics or human rights. That’s not what I talk about on a day to day basis with my mates, so why would I go on stage and talk about it?
“I don’t draw any conclusions in this show. You won’t learn anything about me or yourself. But hopefully it’ll be really funny. That’s the primary aim.”
Josh Widdicombe is at Plymouth Pavilions on 24 September. Tickets: theticketstore.co.uk or 0845 146 1460.