THE Frascati was flowing last night as Al Murray played a small warm up gig in a room above a pub.
A sold out audience of just 80 lucky people squeezed into their seats to watch the comedy genius at work close up.
The pub landlord did not let us down, with a mix of old and new material.
That included his thoughts on the IRA Manchester bomb, Oasis, the summer floods and “Amy Winebar”.
Al also showed the first two rows no mercy.
Among those who had a night to remember were an opera singer, dog walker, teacher and solicitor.
When the guv’nor questioned the worth of various jobs, one member of the audience queried the value of working nights above a pub.
“About one and half million quid last year, mate,” was Al’s instant reply.
He’s been mainly absent from the bar since ITV1’s Al Murray’s Happy Hour ended earlier this year, with a second series already on order.
But Al has performed some charity gigs for CamKids, the Cambodian children’s charity.
And last night’s stage appearance, clocking in at just under one very happy hour, comes in advance of two of his biggest shows yet – the final chance to see his …And Another Thing show.
Both are on Sunday September 23 (5pm and 8pm) at the London Palladium and will be recorded for his new DVD.
An Oxford graduate and direct descendent of Vanity Fair author William Makepeace Thackeray, Al has also been in the snug writing his own literary masterpiece.
It’s called The Pub Landlord’s Book Of British Common Sense.
As he writes in his blog for internerds: “It contains all the kind of sound advice and information that would make an ideal Christmas gift for every single person that you have ever met.”
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