After a few years on chat show sofas Alan Carr was worried people would forget that he first made his name as a stand-up comedian.
As a Chatty Man, Tooth Fairy, author and radio presenter, some would call him a jack of all trades.
But judging by the reaction of the Hippodrome audience he is undeniably a master of live comedy, despite the four-year break.
In the first of his “work in progress” nights ahead of his UK tour Spexy Beast he started with the perils of daytime red wine drinking and rude computer passwords – not ideal if you need to phone up a help desk.
Technology was a theme. Carr confessed to being behind the times but said he would only start to worry when the self-service checkouts at the supermarkets could work out the difference between a packet of ginger nuts and a Bella magazine.
The most endearing thing is the way he relates to people – whoever they are – and this is reflected by the audience members.
His stand up is effortless and warm. He tells a story as if in the pub with his friends and he is quick to make himself the butt of the joke. Mocking his feminine voice, his teeth and his figure, he got one of the biggest laughs explaining why he and Gok Wan could never have children, at least not with double barrelled surnames.
Bouncing around energetically he showed no signs of slowing down as he demonstrates dog obedience lessons set to Beyonce’s All the Single Ladies, his cycling skills and what happened when he took his godchildren to the zoo.
The evening drew to a close with a question and answer set that didn’t really work despite his best efforts and no thanks to the audience member who climbed on stage. Nevertheless, a highly entertaining evening.