Nick Helm’s Xmas F*ck Fest 4: Pleasance Theatre, Islington, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy (3 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Always Be Comedy Online (2 shows): Online: 2020
The comic genius that is Harry Hill was the first guest on Nick Helm’s Christmas show that I saw in December 2018. Everyone was delighted to see him in the knowledge that they were going to have a great time. One of the joys of watching him for me is that after five minutes of surreal jokes and stories, he will deliver a line that has a wonderful reactionary laugh from the whole audience. Something he says or does always creates this moment – here it was a bizarre dance he performed – and spending time in his hilarious company always puts me in a good mood.
Hill made three guest appearances for Always Be Comedy, twice in March 2019 and then in June 2019. I am very lucky to have seen this brilliant comedian many times live over the years so much so that he always is good to watch but I can pick out performances that are memorable. His Always Be Comedy appearances in March 2019 were unforgettable because even although he was performing new material, one performance included the subject matter comparing life in the 1970s to now, which was superb. The delivery and timing were perfect, and the routine was consistently funny so much so that I could not stop laughing. In June 2019, for an encore he performed a unique and hilarious rendition of the song My Way.
Hill returned for two Always Be Comedy Online shows in April and September 2020. Everyone was staying indoors due to a worldwide pandemic and Hill’s set was incredible including having an unforgettable conversation with an inspired puppet of the Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty, a daily workout of gymnastics and finishing with a George Formby song. Hill was perfect for the online format being such a wonderful physical and visual comedian.
Hill is always an utter joy to watch and I look forward to seeing the comedy great again soon.