Comedy: Simon Amstell, Corn Exchange
Emily Handley feels quite strongly about the ex-"Never Mind the Buzzcocks" star's latest stand-up tour
by Emily Handley
Sunday 27th May 2012, 20:20 BST
Being woefully uneducated in anything to do with comedy, I made 2012 the year to change that. After tackling a Corpus Smoker, I decided to go onto bigger and better things, and can definitely say that seeing Simon Amstell at the Corn Exchange last night was one of the highlights of my year, if not my life.
Embarrassingly enough, my love for him was so boundless that I leapt out of my seat at one point to try and take a photo of my idol. Only to be told off by a not-at-all amused security guard, who concluded our awkward encounter with: ‘Camera away! NO photos allowed.’ Oops.
The night began with Simon Amstell’s support act for the tour, the very talented Norwegian comedian Daniel Simonsen. Simonsen, who won ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ 2008, talked about anything and everything. He incorporated subjects as diverse as the benefits of having outgoing friends and his cat’s inability to meow to his worst job, which involved handing out flyers for a dental practice while dressed as a tooth. He proved to more than a match for Amstell.
Simon Amstell came on to cheers and applause, and several “I LOVE YOU SIMON”s (the majority of which may have been from me.) He talked about feelings, and the importance of letting them out, appropriately enough for his new tour entitledNumb.
His witty, self-deprecating anecdotes made the night feel slightly like being in a therapy session, where the audience was his therapist at the same time as being counselled by him - ‘I was with my old boyfriend because he had stepfather issues and suffered from depression, and I love all that stuff!’
He was open and predictably adorable, offering his views on veganism and Nigella Lawson to having epiphanies in Peru and the perils of being an awkward teenager, confiding that deep inside there still remains an awkward younger version of himself and that he is only confident in his ability to talk to others when ‘raised and lit up’, ie. on stage and surrounded by adoring fans.
Despite some of the bleak topics touched on, his chirpiness and sincerity left me with a warm glow and the belief that anything was possible, even the prospect of walking into an exam room in under four days’ time, having done very little revision.