By Jeff Allum
Sean Lock's audience interaction could have gone better
Sean Lock's TV exposure has been steadily on the increase in recent years.
A team captain on Channel 4's 8 Out Of 10 Cats, a familiar face on episodes of QI, and more recently involved in the Comedy Roast season.
When this show was announced, I was surprised that the smaller of Ipswich's larger two venues was chosen, as opposed to the Regent, where many of his peers have been booked to play in the last year.
Lock is one of the most under-rated stand-up comics, in my opinion, and uses clever routines to impress audiences - I felt the Regent would have suited his style better against the flat seating layout at the Corn Exchange.
Tonight's show involved a range of subjects, such as the merits of shopping at LIDL, Olympic events for people with eating disorders, and the chances of winning a night with Madonna.
When time was dedicated to these areas, I felt this was when Lock excelled and the audience responded well.
With no warm-up act, the evening seemed to take a little while to get going. There were some other gags which although included neat one-liners, didn't seem to fit in, and distorted the flow a little at times.
The second half began with an audience participation section involving Lock asking for random subjects for jokes.
Regrettably those chosen were not too co-operative in giving answers quickly or on particularly humorous subject areas - badgers and frogs were two typical answers - so this section wasn't overly successful.
The remainder of the second half picked up and brought the loudest of the evening's laughs, so the audience went home on a high.
Some of Lock's routine-based material is the best around, but the overall performance seemed to try to cover a variety of areas - linking in with the Wikipedia-esque tour title "Lockipedia" - some are successful and others not so.
Given that he was on stage for a total of two hours, a shorter more polished performance would have made for a better show.
Sean Lock was at the Corn Exchange, Ipswich, on Friday, 30 April, 2010.