Shaun Keaveny – Live and Languorous

Comedy, Stand-up
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Shaun Keaveny – Live and Languorous

The wittiest man in breakfast radio, BBC 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny, presents a live show that blurs the line between comedy and music, with guests galore and snappy banter. In July Keaveny welcomes comedy's barmiest legend Harry Hill and seriously disgruntled musical comedian Nick Helm.


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Emma Dixon

Judging by how packed out this was - on a Monday night in early February - Shaun W Keaveny has a very devoted following of Radio 6 Music breakfast show listeners, and rightly so. What makes the breakfast show special is not just the music but his self-deprecating humour and his absolutely wicked line in impressions. Keaveny seems to be wondering about a move into stand-up, and did a shortish introductory comedy segment in both halves before interviewing his (established) stand-up comedian guests, Mark Thomas, Adam Hills and .. another guy (sorry, other guy, I've forgotten your name even though I thought you were the best of the three!!) His stuff was really funny and well-presented though personally I could have done with perhaps one less w@nking joke. Keaveny has a real comic gift though he maybe needs to loosen up a little and allow it to shine out. He could also make much better use of his huge talent for impressions and mimicry - on the few occasions when we had a burst of that there was something truly special. The interview format worked less well, though it did have the huge advantage of making Keaveny seem like the funniest man in the room. With an audience more than half women, the conversation was blokey in the extreme - low points for me were Hills describing ordering a prostitute as 'like ordering a pizza' and Thomas joking that on his return from a walking tour having put on weight, his wife asked 'what's her name?'. But more to the point, if you have a load of stand-ups, why not get them to do stand-up? These guys aren't interesting enough for a bit of meandering chat. There was an almost audible sigh of relief, in particular, when the interview with Hills finished and we were back to Keaveny. Sorry, Adam, but your jokes about cancer patients just aren't that funny, and as to the German/concentration camp one, let's not even go there. So, in summary, it was a good night out, but next time, Shaun, lose the guests and give it to us straight - you *are* good enough and like I say, on Monday night you were the funniest man in the room.