When Joel Dommett asked the audience at the King’s Theatre on Saturday evening who had seen him on the popular reality TV show, ‘I’m a Celebrity’ he was met with a loud cheer; when he asked who had seen his comedy before, there was a slightly smaller cheer, however, perhaps surprisingly, when he asked who had seen his penis, he was again met with another loud cheer, which told the audience the kind of night we had let ourselves in for.
Dommett is a stand up comedian and actor, known for roles in the E4 drama ‘Skins’, ‘Impractical Jokers’ recently, for being part of the popular jungle reality show ‘I’m a Celebrity’ where he finished in second place and an online catfishing scandal which resulted in a sex tape. This led him to be propelled into the more mainstream spotlight and he went from doing smaller shows at the Edinburgh Festival to having a headline tour with stops all over the UK, including one at The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh.
The previously mentioned catfishing incident was the butt of one of Dommett’s many jokes and he wove wonderfully through the show with stories of his accident-prone life and the gags that he plays in everyday life on family and friends. Throughout the show, the stories that he told built and he linked them wonderfully in the end in a creative finale that was thoroughly enjoyable to all audience members. I, for one, was thoroughly invested in Dommett’s friendship with childhood best friend Steve and their ‘new-age rock’ band.
Dommett falls into a similar category as comedians like Jack Whitehall for me. He performs as a young, male standup with a slightly camp edge and comments on everything that seems to go wrong in his life, which is not a bad thing at all as it worked very well and he knew exactly how to play the audience for the most laughs. He was also an expert at interacting with the audience in the best way throughout the show. Some comics do some audience participation at the beginning and then leave it for the rest of the show but Dommett interspersed talking to audience members throughout his set which I really enjoyed – I especially enjoyed the confetti cannon at the Edinburgh show but that does rely on an audience member’s quick timing!
His references were particularly relevant for millennials growing up in the 1990s as he talks about Heelies, the brand of trainers which had wheels that popped out of the sole of the shoe so children could glide wherever they wanted to go and the popular Christmas carol ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ which was definitely a primary school classic in the UK as the ‘only hymn you could shout in assembly’.
To summarise, it was an absolutely wonderful, 5 star evening which resulted in laughs so hard my stomach hurt. He is a relatable comic with wonderful timing and a knack for getting the audience to like him and his stories.