I went to see Jenny Eclair at The Spring & Arts Heritage Centre in Havant over the weekend. This is the third comedy event I have been to at The Spring, the two previous occasions were to see Robin Ince, a co-host of the BBC4 radio show The Infinite Monkey Cage.
Now, I remember Jenny Eclair from being on the telly a lot in the 90’s and 00’s but I have never watched Grumpy Old Women, Loose Women or I’m a Celebrity … or indeed anything else like that, so wasn’t too sure what to expect.
On entering The Spring we immediately had an ‘oh dear’, er ‘old dear’ moment. From the look of the audience, my two mates and I (40-something blokes) were perhaps not the core demographic; it was mostly groups of ladies in their mid to late 50’s. Ladies who were drinking tea. And they had handbags.
As we got our ticket checked the staff told us were ‘brave’ for entering the gig…
Anyway, back to Jenny Eclair … some of the ladies didn’t make it back to the second half of the show; the lady to my left and the lady in front of me didn’t return after the interval. I’m not sure why they left as the show from Ms Eclair was fantastic. Why did those older ladies leave? Most live adult comedian’s swear. Unsurprisingly Jenny delves into the realms of ladies ‘problems’ and she also covers ‘events’ that are perhaps generally not mentioned in polite company. On the “J Scale”, with Jimmy Krankie being a ‘1’ and Jimmy Carr being a ’10’; Jenny’s show scores a 5 for moderate rudeness. One thing that was missing that I do like to see – audience interaction. Jenny started her show with a little banter, but appeared to stick to her set routine for the remainder of the gig. I will defer to Ms Eclair on the outcome of audience participation as due to audience casualties during the first half , she was spot on with her audience assessment!
The audience at Havant on Saturday night enjoyed the show. Even us 40-something blokes had plenty of laughs and we weren’t her target audience.
I’d love to see Jenny Eclair do a show aimed at us 40 year old blokes – she is ideally placed in our earlier youth to put together a show to rip into Forty-Year-Old-Man … do get in touch …
The Spring is a great venue but there is no draft lager, and no bottles of lager in pint size cans/bottles. Although pints of Cider and London Pride were on offer, I had to get up at some point the the next day so had to settle for small bottle Peroni during the interval.
Top entertainment in a fantastic venue.