The Big Comedy Gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support: Venue 150 @ EICC, Edinburgh, 2012
Rob Deering’s Beat This: Assembly George Square, Edinburgh, 2013
Nicholas Parsons’ Happy Hour: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2013
Banana Cabaret at the Bedford Arms: The Bedford Arms, London, 2014
Magners Greenwich Comedy Festival 2015: Greenwich Park, London, 2015
Joe Lycett: That’s The Way Aha Aha Joe Lycett: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2015
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2016
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2017
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2021
The art and craft of stand-up comedy is one of the most difficult things to get right and do well. Joe Lycett makes it look so easy when he gets up on stage and makes a group of strangers laugh out loud night after night. He has established the composure of a comedian totally comfortable with himself and his material. I have watched him many times over the last few years and whenever I have seen him, he makes it look effortless.
Lycett is expert at audience banter. His friendly, easy-going camp stage presence has always been something that warms an audience to him. He is impressively charming and Lycett is reminiscent of Graham Norton with his light touch in speaking to people and extracting humour from them.
The material is strong too. In his 2015 solo show, That’s The Way Aha Aha Joe Lycett, his description of his friend Claire from his native Birmingham and her philosophy on life was priceless. He’s also dependant on his trademark wind-ups for laughs poking fun at large companies or powerful people, often by email or via social media. He described how he achieved small, mischievous victories against Starbucks or a Post Office jobsworth. For the sake of the live show he printed out these email threads or tweets, to show the audience or read out which created brilliant comic timing and added greatly to the warm delivery.
Whenever I see Lycett on stage, I always feel that he is genuine and real. Add that to the fact that he is an exceptionally funny comedian and is highly recommended.
I watched Lycett perform a full tour preview at Always Be Comedy in January 2018. He has performed there many times and is an absolute favourite with the crowd. Tickets went very quickly for the comedy star and as usual he was brilliant. Completely calm and content on stage, he had charming delivery, banter and great comic routines.
Lycett returned to Always Be Comedy in November 2019 where he delivered twenty minutes of brand-new material for a tour. The comedian was unafraid with tackling the establishment armed with notebook making sure jokes and read out point-proven hilarious email replies to ridiculous encounters which hit the audience’s funny bone. Lycett had a great skill of being so endearing and fearlessly chatting to the audience towards him which made him pretty much get away with saying things that they could only imagine, fighting the system on their behalf.
After the worldwide lockdown, Lycett returned to stand-up in June 2021 for Always Be Comedy where he performed hilarious new material for a forthcoming tour. His delivery had lost none of its bite and his putdowns were as brilliant and witty as ever.
Lycett is one of the most popular and funniest comedians on the circuit at present and he is highly recommended.