January Comedy: Darren Harriott
Coming to a Glee near you
When a young centre forward thumped one past Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman in 2002, the commentator famously roared: “Remember the name: Wayne Rooney.” It’s impossible not to feel the same about Darren Harriott. You might have seen this proud son of Birmingham on Live At The Apollo. But then again, you might not. Darren had been gigging around his beloved Midlands since the Noughties, until London beckoned and his career soared. He got snapped up by the same agent as Mickey Flanagan, and you should similarly snap up tickets before Darren is playing bigger venues. His fiery confidence on stage evokes memories of peak 90s Chris Rock, while his sheer charisma draws comparisons with belligerent Bostonian Bill Burr (for many, the best on the planet). Yet Darren is unquestionably his own man, as he talks about the impact drugs had on his family, his time as a security guard and his searing takes on current affairs. At a time when some comedians are terrified of a backlash to what they say on stage, it’s refreshing to see someone who doesn’t give a damn. Just like that young Wayne Rooney. On February 1, tickets are £15.
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