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Comedy - Barnstormers

Bald-headed with a large ring through his ear, and dressed in a well-filled flash whistle, Jeff Innocent, from Canning Town in East London, plays up his hard-man wide-boy image. But he also tosses into his act pearls of wisdom inspired by an intellect sharpened by a hefty education - he’s got an MA in the history of cultural theory. After watching Innocent, the reviewer from Hot Tickets was moved to write ‘it should be made law that every British citizen should be made to go to see him. He’s that funny’. The Standard compared his act to ‘an episode of Minder, written by Alan Bennett.’ He has the reputation of being one of the funniest stand-ups on the scene, who’s played all the big London venues and is a regular at Edinburgh and Glastonbury, too.

“He’s taken on a new twist to his act, which he calls the ‘eco-worrier’” says compere Kevin Precious. “He’s on first, then he’s off to headline at the Komedia. That shows what a class act he is. In fact the bill is the best we’ve had so far in Lewes. There’s Nick Doody, who couldn’t make it last month, who’s punchy and political. And Marc Lucero, a 50-something new-age dad, too. Both of them have just done Edinburgh.” Precious rates the Royal Oak venue. “It’s an intimate spot, which allows the comedians to improvise. They don’t have to do the slick sets they do in bigger clubs. The last two gigs have been brilliant." DL

Joker at the Oak: Jeff Innocent, East End eco-worrier
The Royal Oak, Station St
When? 7.30pm
How Much? £8 in advance £10 on the door. NUS £6
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