This quick-fire comedy has a wide-ranging appeal
PANTOMIME regulars at the Hippodrome will have had no trouble recognising West Country comedian Andy Ford from his previous appearances in the Christmas shows, most recently as pirate Smee in Peter Pan.
He clearly has a big fan base in Bristol to judge from the full audience of all ages who were present to welcome him on stage.
His mainstream comedy style includes the physical knockabout and simple silly gestures which has made him so popular in family entertainment.
The illusionist James Long, together with lovely assistant Molly, entertained for the first half with rapid sleight of hand trickery and varieties of the classic girl-in-a-box illusions. The comic 'mind-reading' turn with an adult volunteer was rather drawn out, in every sense, but the young Connor, brought on from the audience to assist him, proved to be a star turn.
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James gave him a hand, or rather two hands, to demonstrate some not-so-simple tricks (don't try these at school, he warned) which were genuinely witty and warmly appreciated.
The 'levitating lady' with Molly seemingly suspended by an electric fan was very stylishly performed to end the first half.
For his part Andy Ford gambolled and pranced round the stage like a young puppy in a hectic non-stop routine, camping it up here and there, a cross between Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr.
His humour is at two levels - the silly stuff for kids and the more subtle and ruder word plays for adults.
There were plenty of old chestnuts in his material, some old enough to be mature trees, but all delivered at a cracking pace.
However, you couldn't avoid the feeling that, for both halves of the show, 45 minutes of material was being spun out to fill an hour.
Repetitive business which can work very well in panto is not so successful in a solo stand-up routine.
Nevertheless, the broad humour and physicality of Andy is what the audience was expecting and what he delivered, to their obvious delight.