Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2017
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
The Big Funny Fest: The Old Deer Park, Richmond, 2019
Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Gala: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2019
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
I saw Darren Harriott appear at Always Be Comedy in London in 2017. The likeable comedian delivered his routine as a sequence of enthusiastic, fast-moving stories and jokes about his black working-class upbringing and his current life. He proved to be very popular with the crowd and seemed destined for success.
Opening up the proceedings for Always Be Comedy at shows in both March and November 2018, Harriott started his sets and appeared to be a little nervous. However, as the cleverly constructed routines built alongside the increasing laughter, he seemed to change gear, got into his rhythm and delivered quality jokes and stories about his upbringing to an encouraging crowd.
I saw Harriott again perform at the Big Funny Festival at Richmond in June 2019. Forever smiling, the comic seemed to be clearly enjoying himself delivering humorous routines based on his schooling and the music of R Kelly.
Harriott appeared as a guest for Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Gala at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that I saw in August 2019 and then again for Always Be Comedy in September 2019. Underlining the fact that he is a terrific comedian, he delivered ten-minutes of brilliant jokes involving subjects on male vulnerability and gangs. He had a point to make and delivered with plenty of humour.
Harriott is a rising comedy star and I look forward to seeing him again soon.