WHEN you have been in the entertainment business for more than 40 years there is no stone left unturned.
Appearing on the Anvil stage looking relaxed in a hoody, Jim Davidson began his tirade of trademark, near to the knuckle jokes, right off the bat.
In the opening 20 minutes Davidson laid out the show for his audience, explaining all the costs that go into the show, even having a dig at the poor equipment of the Anvil pointing to the spotlights proclaiming “this is all mine”.
When the show started properly the comic took the audience through a journey of his life, aptly titled 40 Years On.
He spoke about his time working in a public house in London, going on Opportunity Knocks and eventually going on to win New Faces.
There were a lot of attempts to engage with the audience, including getting them to sing the theme tune to The Flintstones – which fell on deaf ears.
Even though some of the jokes told seemed to be controversial for the sake of getting a reaction it was quite an honest show, with Davidson not shying away from his highs and lows.
During the half-hour interval the Londoner took time out to meet his fans, take photographs and sign autographs.
The second half of the show was a bit more sombre, with the former Big Break presenter reflecting on the death of his brother, the death of his Uncle Bill – who he believed could be his father – and his arrest during Operation Yewtree.
He closed the show by saying that he was thankful for the life he had lived, both good and bad, and that if it wasn’t for the fans who believed in him, his relevance and need to entertain would have dwindled a long time ago.
The trip down memory lane was Davidson at his care free best, but it goes without saying some of his jokes are an acquired taste.