COMEDY FESTIVAL REVIEW: Norman Lovett at The Looking Glass, Leicester, February 9
Sixty-six-year-old Norman Lovett, best known as Holly from Red Dwarf, took to the stage last night at the Looking Glass, to take us through a rather shambolic yet thoroughly endearing hour of tangential ramblings and inspired prop comedy.
Much of his hour was taken up being distracted by things - the mic was strangely echoey, the extractor fan as too loud, the people moving around upstairs were very heavy-footed, he even took a phone call mid-set from his elderly downstairs neighbour Irene.
It quite often felt like you were in the company of a loveable eccentric who just enjoys talking to people and wasn't concerned about cramming lots of gags in.
He rambled on about The Big Bang Theory and the Sugababes in a surprising amount of detail, frequently started conversations with audience members that didn't really go anywhere and seemed to suffer a little from how hot it was in the small, packed basement venue.
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He did find some genuine comedy gold in his seemingly bottomless bag of everyday objects to use as props - he found entertaining ways to use clothes pegs, shower caps, rubber bands and recycling bags, and seemed to delight in telling the audience how little he'd paid for each one.
Overall, despite the lack of solid gags, it was all very endearing and gently entertaining, as if you were popping in to see a dotty old relative who's just glad for the company. The feeling was mutual.