I can't believe I am writing this: Britcom is funny this year. Montreal Just For Laughs has always had a Britcom show where the comics from the other side of the pond are featured in a buffet style event. Britcom is my worst show ever story. A story that includes hearing the barmaid dry glasses and the air conditioning turn on and off. This is the first time I actually enjoyed it. That I enjoyed it from start to finish is even more noteworthy.
Jarred Christmas was MC and he did an absolutely superb job. Comics at this year's Britcom were Jack Whitehall, Tom Wrigglesworth, Tim Key, Paul Zerdin, Noel Fielding, and Jimmy Carr.
Fielding (Mighty Boosh) was first up with a mostly off the cuff set. This takes a certain amount of gonads, especially when you are the first one on stage. He also pulled off some rather surrealist bits the audience most willingly went along with.
Tom Wrigglesworth, who sort of looks like a young Fagin from Oliver!, had a good bit on what it would be like if stuff was where it is supposed to be at the pharmacy - eyedrops in front, hemorrhoid cream in the rear. He also had a good old folk and the internet bit. He forgot to make some expressions cross the pond but there you go.
Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin is good. The problem is his puppet bit is stylistically very reminiscent of Jeff Dunham and Peanut. He is better without an assistant. His echo bit is superb.
Tim Key had a weird performance art poet type bit with background muzak. The muzak was too loud. Key is a matter of taste. He left me cold but a lot of people around me enjoyed him.
Jimy Carr was the closer. He came on with a set list and did one liners. It must have been an off night for the usually dependable and funny Carr.