Michael McIntyre is back in town - live at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena
Review By Selina Maycock
The return of the 'Mc' saw Michael McIntyre return to Sheffield Motorpoint Arena with his Showtime tour.
As one of Britain's much-loved entertainers, McIntyre didn't fail to make his mark in Yorkshire on the opening night of his four-date gig at the venue.
He made it onto the stage, with no questions asked this year.
Those who saw him last time he visited the venue will remember he was refused entry by security because he didn't have the right photo ID pass.
He executed his gag referring to the Queen and whether she uses the nation's currency instead of a passport just because it has her head on it.
McIntyre's comical script followed through jokes about the Olympics and the Queen's Jubilee before delving into the rib-tickling scenarios of relationships.
I could not compose myself – slumped in my chair in fits of giggles with the realisation that the woman he was describing through actions and words – stumbling in heels and the whole escapade of putting on a pair of tights – was indeed a battle I experience with the wintry weather drawing in.
The most bizarre but embarrassing joke of the evening is the one about "pants down – you lose" but for those who are yet to see the show I won't spoil the outcome.
In the second-half of the show, the butt of the joke was on McIntyre who was alerted by a fan to the fact his microphone set was sticking out the back of his suit jacket and that it had been irritating her for the past 20 minutes.
And a quick clap-o-meter from the crowds to set the record straight, McIntyre was in disbelief that in fact the minor mishap had captured the attention of 99 per cent of the audience – who too were feeling distracted by it.
But McIntyre does what he does best by seeing the funny side and turning it into another side-gripping gag.
Anyone who is fond of stories that you can relate to in everyday life will love this show.
From the simple irritation of names like Stephen/ Steven, Sarah/Sara, Geoff/Jeff, Gill/Jill being spelt differently pronounced the same, McIntyre goes one step ahead to show everyone how much fun there would be if they were spoken how they should be read.
Michael McIntyre is at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena each night until October 13.
To book visit www.sheffieldmotorpointarena.co.uk
For further tour dates visit www.michaelmcintyre.co.uk