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Written on: 28/12/2010
I LOVE pretty much everything Steve Coogan's done, but this was pretty shameful...the racist stuff from Pauline Calf could be put down to the character being racist.
The identical racist stuff from Tommy Saxondale was a bit more disturbing.
Along with endless pier end double-entendres, these were extremely cheap laughs, well below one of our best comedy performers. (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2009 by moodini99 (2 reviews written)
Coogan his best. A masterpiece. 'Steve Coogan is Alan Partridge and Other Less Successful Characters' is one of the best stand up routines ever. Anyone who didn't like it is clearly too stupid to have grasped the point of the show. Well worth every penny, in fact, worth double. (read more)
Written on: 16/12/2008 by steevey (1 review written)
Steve Coogan has been living off Alan Partridge for far too long. Most of the other characters do not work on stage. More surprising was his apparent lack of preparation, as sadly it was all a bit shambolic and embarrassing at times. Definitely one to miss. (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2008 by hexhamstu
I have been an avid alan partridge fan for as long as i can remember. but steve coogan has let me down with his stand up. I loved saxondale so it's not that i hate his other charachters. It's really was just plain rubbish. Even alan partridge didn't come across with his witty lines and funny facial expressions. (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2008
Ok spend the money on some Alan Patridge DVDs instead thats timeless comedy this won't linger long in the memory. (read more)
Written on: 11/12/2008 by Tara2929
Went to see Steve Coogan in Bristol last night and to be honest was a little worried after reading so many bad reviews. I thought he was great. Really funny and everyone around us seemed to be having a good time too. I guess what some people find funny others dont and usually people only leave a review if they have something bad to say anyway. Good on you Steve, I think you're great! (read more)
Written on: 09/12/2008 by comedy fan17
Highly recommended for Steve Coogan fans, I and many others enjoyed this show from start to finish, the sketches are all very funny! I can't believe such poor reviews, assume from people that don't appreciate "old skool" comedy. Hope dvd out! (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2008 by tsteve (1 review written)
On seeing Steve on TV and seeing him a couple of years ago in Nottingham in which I thought he was brill. Last week he returned to Nottingham and what a shamble the show was rubbish and not funny at all. (read more)
Written on: 05/12/2008
Literally, nothing good about this, i thought it was a truly shocking waste of money. Not recommended. (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2008 by golactico (1 review written)
I went to Bournemouth gig last night. Since my 30+ quid has been sitting in Steve Coogan's bank account for about six months now, how come he appears to have put the show together about a week before the first night? Surely at some point during the shows up to last night he must have realised that at least 60% of what he is serving up is embarrisingly bad?
To provide as much balance that I feel I'm able, the Partridge part did have me cracked up in parts. I would never have guessed this... (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2008 by chriseebee (1 review written)
If you are a bit Partridge your better of writing to the head of the BBC with your complaint. He probably will get a second series. (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2008 by moodini99 (2 reviews written)
Wow, what a show. This show was, without a doubt, Steve Coogan's best work yet, he brought a wide range of his characters to the performance, each one as funny as the last. His first stand up appearance as Tommy Saxondale was utterly hilarious, a complete success, it shows that Coogan really can make any of his characters work as a stand up act. The material was fresh, witty and had the audience in stitches throughout. The support comedians were the perfect compliment to Steve's characters,... (read more)
Written on: 28/11/2008 by pippy11
Having read various steadily improving reviews, I went to the Blackpool show (27th Nov) in a fairly positive state of mind, expecting Steve to be getting into his stride.
I can say without question, that was the worst live show of any kind I have ever seen.
Peppering the sketches with a flow of expletives is not humour.
The Sir Thomas More sketch was straight out of 1970's Morecambe & Wise - but not as slick!
I have always been a big fan of anything Steve Coogan has done, however his TV... (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2008 by yazzman13 (1 review written)
One of the important tenets I have learnt in life is to go into every situation with the lowest possible level of expectation. That way you can never fail to be pleasantly surprised went you don't die/get ripped off/have a miserable time.
It was with this glass half empty philosophy that I went to Friday night's show at the Brighton Centre with a sense of trepidation. The reviews for Steve Coogan's latest show (his first live gigs in 10 years) had been...well...frankly awful. Stories of... (read more)
Written on: 20/11/2008
Free tickets fotunately - if I had paid £60 for me and the wife to watch him at the MEN I would have been distraught. Both Coogan fans for the last 13 years this was a big disappointment. Patchy, unpolished and looked as though it had been written the night before. The interval acts were also terrible. Real shame after seeing Steve Coogan in the excellent Sunshine recently. Not recommended. (read more)
Written on: 18/11/2008 by coogans bluff (1 review written)
Unfunny, out of date, poorly rehearsed. Felt like most of the performance was just stuck together at lunch time. Lost his magic, big time. It felt like he was just delivering lines that he though he audience would laugh at. Duncan Thickit, funny back in the day, hey 10 years ago, comedy has moved on. Be satirical about todays comedians, not those of 10 years ago.
Alan was OK at the end, but Coogan didn't look like he wanted to be there. And that song at the end, "mental". I recognized the... (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2008 by Jimbob237 (1 review written)
I have liked Steve Coogan for many a year especially the great A. Partridge. However after reading a review of this show a few weeks & also various web sites I was fearing the worst. Boy oh boy..I have never seen so much tedious nonsense in my life, it seemed like he could not care less or he was being pushed into this rubbish by the producers. Nothing, I repeat nothing was funny, both myself & my brother sat opened mouthed at the abysmal offering. A lot of have people have mentioned the... (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2008
I've have just got back from the Hammersmith Apollo Showing of the show and i feel totally gutted, the show was terrible. I am a huge Coogan Fan but this truly was a huge waist off money, Coogan you're better than this! (read more)
Written on: 16/11/2008
Alan PartridGe bit was ok. I didn't end up laughing much and some parts were a bit random. Glad I got the tickets free. I would have been wanting my money back! (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2008
For a few years now me, my dad and brother have been Alan Partridge's biggest fans and can pretty much tell you every episode word by word. In some ways you could say that Alan partridge was our hero.
We were counting down the days until we went (13/11/08 at the Hammersmith Apollo) and I was as excited as an 8 year old on Christmas day. But what a let down it turned out to be, I think that spending £40 on a penny sweet would have been more value for money than that embarrassment of a... (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2008 by Fishfood (1 review written)
I want to be positive, I really do, but I can't!
I was at the Hammersmith Apollo last night having been a Steve Coogan fan for many years (I even liked 'Sunshine' and 'The Parole Officer' (a bit)) and having seen 'The Man Who Thinks He's It' the last time Coogan toured, I have to say that this wasn't a patch on that tour! At £40 I was expecting something slick with all new stand-up material (he's had 10 years to write some!).
Pauline Calf was first up and did pretty much the same as 10... (read more)
Written on: 13/11/2008 by phillipcarter (1 review written)
I heckeled towards the end with a very loud "Bag of *****!" - Coogan's response summed up the gig; "I know, it probably is!" (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2008 by Beechwear (1 review written)
£40 is a lot of money and we're still not 100% sure it was worth that. I wouldn't have paid a fiver to see the sets before the interval, but then came Alan Partridge and in clicked Coogan's timing, delivery and quality of material. The Thomas More sketch has come in for some stick, but it was good and, yes, the song at the end reeks of mega-narcism, but it's slick and funny.
I suggest hanging outside the venue at the interval. See if anyone's had enough and offer them a tenner for their... (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2008
Odd good moments but overall very disappointing. Script seemed a rush job and characters were "out of character at time" eg. Partridge being Thomas More. Coogan forgot his lines at times and whole thing seemed a little bit tired and dated. Relieved that we didn't see Tony Ferrino in the end....
7.30 a bit of an early start time, too.
Coogan exited the stage quickly with barely a bow and no hint of an encore! He must know the show wasn't good enough..
I think the Scousers broadly had it... (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2008
First half of the show was just ok, but once Partridge took over i loved it, i love this humour and the Apollo crowd in Manchester seemed to also.
The final song was ace. (read more)
Written on: 11/11/2008
I went to see this on the 6th Nov at the Apollo. Had read some poor reviews beforehand. Have to say though that although perhaps not worth the £35 paid the show was pretty funny. 1st half had some very funny one liners - 2nd half with Coogan as Partridge was highly enjoyable.
No doubt that Steve is capable of better than some of the stuff that I saw - but saying that it was still bloody funny.
The filling acts were absolutely shambolic though - surely something needs to be done about... (read more)
Written on: 08/11/2008 by S Jay
I have a lot of affection for Coogan, he is a brilliant mimick, in fact one of the UK's best comedy acts. Not the best show I've seen him do, but still very funny. I thought the Apollo, with the gig being on home ground, would have warmed to him more than it did, but there you go, if you are a Coogan fan, not to be missed. (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2008
I've followed Steve Coogan since he did stand up on North West tonight (or whatever the show was on Fri nights on ITV back in the late 80s). Alan Partridge is probably the defining comedy character of the 1990's and still is far and away his banker character, but the rest of the show was tired and 15 years out of date. The response at the Manchester Apollo was overly generous in my opinion (either that or people these days will laugh at anything). Rather than cleverly scripted dialog Coogan... (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2008 by mrbsays123
Those of you who leave at half way time be making a big mistake because Partridge is amazing - meowww! (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2008 by pattyp (1 review written)
Steve Coogan was funny I don't know if the reviewers were Alan Partridge fans only but the rest of the act seemed like the Steve Coogan of old. He didn't do the acts differently the jokes were new of course but just as funny as ever. The comedy fillers in the scene changes were great (it's called alternative comedy folks) my daughter who is 18 thought they were hilarious especially the nervous curator giving a talk to the audience. And God and the devil having a marital arguement. In all I... (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2008 by fullerlee (1 review written)
I saw this at the Manchester Apollo on 5/11. After reading lots of negative reviews I had lowered my expectations, but was a little hopeful that he at least knew the show being about 1 month in to the tour. >I was very pleasently surprised, laughing the whole way through. Highlights for me were Pauline Calf, the Final song, and of course Partridge. (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2008
This is a show for his fans, not just people who like the odd episode of Partridge, but his true fans!! Not to say you cannot be disappointed, but it sounds like many people are more bothered about the ticket price than the show, and so were then resigned to not like it from the word go. Trust me, ignore all of the bad reviews, if you are a true Coogan fan, you will enjoy this show. If you like to catch the last 10 mins of the odd Partridge episode over a can of special brew, just stay at... (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2008 by bonniedazz
Don't bother - if you have got tickets, sell them ebay. This is the worst show I have seen and the most poorly delivered comedy. Steve Coogan should have hung up his boots when the going was good and not tried to recreate characters and humour that is out of date and shoddy - gratuitous swearing is no longer funny, but for some reason, this seems to be the main thrust of the last 15 mins. (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2008
I feel robbed and a little angry that such a poor show can continue to run. Coogan kept fluffing his lines, the material was poor and you got the impession that he knew it was a bag of *****, which is all very well but can I have my money back? The scenes by the supporting actors during costume changes were the worst performances I have seen by professionals..or by GCSE students come to that. Not recommended. Keep your money. (read more)
Written on: 05/11/2008 by CB666 (1 review written)
The 2nd half (the 'Alan' half) very good and highly entertaining. The first half was funny in parts with some jokees hilarious, but quite a lot of un-funny filler material. I'd love to see an all Alan Partridge show (sponsored by Whiskers) :) (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2008 by MARK J (1 review written)
My wife and i went to NIA on November 30th and it was so bad we were tempted to leave before the interval. We stayed 10 mins into the second half and when Alan Partridge became boring we couldn't stand any more, so we left. It was a complete waste of £70. If you're thinking of buying tickets, don't. Lots of people left before the end and Steve Coogan should be ashamed of himself at offering such a poor show for such a high ticket price. Go and see Russell Howard instead, he's much funnier... (read more)
Written on: 03/11/2008
Coogan had nothing to prove to me, it was great to meet one of my heroes close up in Cardiff. As for the show I would like to see it on DVD as on the night I thought it was very unfunny. More just entertainment and poor at that. He seemed to have lost his confidence and skipped through a weak routine. I am still pleased he has time to get out and meet his fans, shame he did not bring an act with him. (read more)
Written on: 02/11/2008 by leejoyce
I went to see the show on the 29th of October at the NIA. After reading some reviews that suggested Coogan was not on form I was a bit skeptical on what the show had to offer. But i was not dissapointed in he slightest. Every character had something good to offer, but it was really the second half that Coogan came alive with Alan Partridge. The performance was spot on and he really had the audience in tha palm of his hand. I really enjoyed the show and I advise any real Coogan fans to go and... (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2008 by jonnyronker
I went to see Coogan at Sheffield City Hall the other night, I can only say how generally dissappointed I felt watching this man. I have waited quite awhile for the opportunity to see Mr Coogan and it was pitiful to see him struggling with his lines, half arsed can't be bothered performance, which in fact my mate and I walked out of at the interval, so never got to see Partridge, but it was so bad up till then I could not take anymore, what a waste of money......be warned this show was rubbish! (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2008 by Ballmat6
I went to see Steve Coogan on the second night in Sheffield. Despite reading a barrage of poor reviews, myself and my girlfriend being huge Coogan fans were still optimistic. Unfortunately the majority of reviews are accurate. The characters for the most part have become dated. And while the material may be new the first half is lazy, uninspired and underwritten. It reminded me of a cross between Julian Clarey (why?) and the auditions for Britains got talent. The second half picks up... (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2008
I saw Coogan last night in Birmigham. I went expecting it to be bad, but i was greatly surprised because i thought it was great. All the characters were funny, and a good thing with the show was the short time spent on each character, it kept the act dynamic. (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2008 by CarrBoy
A brilliant show in a rubbish venue... highly recommended (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2008 by CarrBoy
A genuinely hilarious night last night at the NIA. Yes there were bits that didn't work, but to be honest the very funny bits completely out-weighed any negatives.
Anyone that didn't enjoy it probably aren't as familiar with his characters as others. The point of Coogan's comedy is familiarity with the characters and as the Calfs and Thicket haven't been on TV or toured in the last 10 - 12 years, that's probably why some wouldn't like it or get it. Me and my 3 friends who I went with all... (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2008 by phvilla (1 review written)
I must be easier to please than most. I really enjoyed Coogan on 30th oct @ Bham. Read many bad reviews and either he polished up his act or I subconciously lowered my expectations but i was pleasantly surprised how much i enjoyed it. Partridge was obviously the highlight but Saxondale was better than i expected and in the 1st half the 'less succesful characters' didn't outstay there welcome. I don't think it's valid to knock the supporting cast as in my experience they were pretty much par... (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2008 by djugly (1 review written)
As a Coogan affeciando I had actively ignored the swell of poor reviews prior to the gig on the 29th October, assured that the man who thinks he was it would bounce back solidly. Despite my dislike for the venue, we actually had decent seats so I could relax into the gig as soon as we landed.
On the whole the entire show was an upgrade from his early tours, lacking only Bernard Righton but not anything particularly groundbreaking, more reworkings of his early standards. The only... (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2008
Coogan's characters have been around for some time now so if you have seen the majority of his older material, you would appreciate how hard it can be to keep things fresh. He did it relatively well and I am just glad to say I have been to see one of this generation's most talented comics. (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2008
Went to see him last night at the NIA. Thought it was fantastic, really made me belly laugh a number of times. Having read a ruck of bad reviews I really was no holding out too much hope for it. Absolutely fantastic it was. (read more)
Written on: 30/10/2008
I saw Steve Coogan in Birmingham last night and the show was very good. Some of it was a lttle hit and miss but the misses were still funny enough. I can only assume that Coogan has brushed up his act after reading some of the earlier reviews, everything went to plan last night. It was great to see Duncan Thickett again after so many years but of course the star of the show was Alan Partridge and he didn't disappoint. The finale was extremely rude and very funny. Well worth £35. (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2008
As a true Coogan fan, I have come to expect great things from this comedy genius, and despite what other reviews might say, I was not disappointed. I saw the show in Sheffield, and Coogan delivered a great performance and didn't fluff his lines once. I can not understand the poor reviews that have been given, other than to say that these people can not be true Coogan followers, even Saxondale was funnier than I thought he would be.
Well worth the money! (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2008
Why doesn't Coogan give people what they want? I was willing to forgive the first half of the show when Alan started the second, but when it ended just 45 short minutes later, I felt cheated. For 6 months I had my £32.50 ticket (plus £3 booking fee) waiting for this evening, I thought I would be talking about it for weeks after, but just 24 hours later, I just feel a bit of an idiot for paying that amount to see such an amateurish production. (read more)
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