REVIEW: Joel Dommett, Alive Corn Exchange King’s Lynn

Joel Dommett at White Rock Theatre in Hastings
Joel Dommett at White Rock Theatre in Hastings

“You are getting no corn!” Comedian and I’m A Celebrity runner-up Joel Dommett tells late-comers to his live show in Lynn - a reference to the venue, the Alive Corn Exchange.

With quips about the town’s name (King’s Lynn is made up of two very different words – a royal term and the name of the woman who used to come round to do your mum’s hair) and Dommett’s ambitions as a teenager, the audience soon warms to his awkward charms.

Anecdotes and observational comedy form the backbone of the two-hour show, which for the most-part were well-received.

There were some chunks that were more groan-worthy than laugh-out-loud though – one particular section about a laser was a bit surreal, and might have had a better response had the section been a tad shorter.

One thing Dommett does extremely well is interacting with the crowd (once they had warmed up, that is).

His quick-wit was undeniable, and particularly apparent with his recurring focus on a macho-looking security guard who was lit up by an emergency exit.

The stunts in the second half, including a confetti cannon and a band reunion, were particular highlights and had the crowd in stitches.

Dommett’s is an awkward, but goofy sense of humour, and one worth experiencing.

He is on tour until May next year. For further tour dates, visit: www.joeldommett.com.

Rebekah Chilvers