REVIEW: Terry Alderton, Comedy Tent

Comedian and actor Terry Alderton

Comedian and actor Terry Alderton

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Terry Alderton’s got a long established reputation as one of the best in stand-up comedy.

That said, to many, he may have only become known through his recent stint on EastEnders - playing Bianca’s Cockney cabbie boyfriend.

But don’t mention the soap, or he may launch in to a lyrical tirade about his ‘sacking’, sung to the show’s theme tune.

Alderton’s comedy set is an absolute assault on the mind.

Host and warm up for the night at Lytham Green, Phil Walker described it as ‘comedy on the edge’ and that’s about right.

“I have a lot of thoughts, ladies and gentlemen,” he tells us. No, really?

From the bi-polar demon on his back, to the scattergun approach, there’s no simple ‘something funny happened to me the other day’ storytelling format to follow.

His vocal skills are astonishing, taking the audience on a whistle-stop tour of the North West via hilariously accurate accents (including the turkey-gobbling Scousers), throwing in the odd song, a bit of beatboxing and the weird moment he actually stuffs the microphone in his mouth yet continues to make clear sounds.

And physically he switches to suit the moment within the blink of an eye. The section highlighting how his image can be taken two ways - burly bald-headed bloke, but wearing shiny shoes and a glitzy belt... Is he camp or thug? - is hilarious.

The audience interaction, a compulsory part of any stand-up skit, is genius by comparison to the usual ‘What’s your name, where are you from and what do you do?’. Terry gets right up close and personal, and gets inside the heads of his targets - literally.

The hour leaves you wondering just who is the mad one; Terry, the demon on his back - or quite possibly you.