Review: Jon Richardson’s Old Man show was a “hilariously accurate representation of the middle age man”

Jon Richardson

Jon Richardson - Credit: Archant

Since his last tour, Jon Richardson has become a husband and father. Known for not stepping out of his comfort zone and neatly stacking the dishwasher, his current tour ‘Old man’ discusses every aspect of life that needs amending.

Known for his appearance on the popular TV show, 8 out of 10 cats, his compulsive quirks and obsess with neatness, is something that seems to define his hysterically entertaining persona of being an old man, even at the age of 35.

Portraying his strict, tense lifestyle in his show, he talks about the needs of an old man, and how having his first child, has rapidly changed his life. He discusses the highs and the lows of married life, and had nearly everyone in the audience awkwardly hitting their knees whilst in hysterics. Old Man, portrays all of the traits we find irritating in middle aged men, but yet is remarkably charming. He appreciates hatred from Twitter trolls and shares with the audience, the strange array of Tweets that he seems to receive daily.

But while he addresses the hatred, he also shows the anger he finds when things don’t go his way, from watching the television with his wife, to having his haircut. The cardigan fanatic illustrates the annoyance when the universe doesn’t fit exactly into his life as it should, and comically address the idea that he does not feel like a celebrity.

The show celebrates the irony of pot noodles and the awkwardness of everyday life, which is different to many other comedy shows. Not only that but Jon speaks about the shame he felt when he wasn’t able to take away his wife’s pain during pregnancy, and how the glamorised approach to the birthing process, is just a myth.


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Jon also got fans involved, by stalking the audiences Tweets and reading them on stage, allowing him to get involved in their life and just outright embarrass them.

Old man, is a hilariously accurate representation of ‘the middle aged man’ where he invites the audience to understand his inability to relax in a comical way. His presence on stage, was so informal, with it felt like he was talking to you, showing you his top household tips and getting the audience involved in his act.

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Overall, the cardigan wearing comedian was immensely charming, with his passive aggressive ways being loveable, and his obsessive neatness being the brunt of all his jokes. Old Man had everyone at Cambridge Corn Exchange howling, and if that isn’t a successful show, then what is?

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