The world may know comedian Michael Barrymore as a presenter of game shows and light entertainment programs on British television. The 1993 Royal Variety Performance headliner, he was voted the UK’s most popular TV personality.
The funnyman decided to relaunch his stand-up career this weekend by making a surprised appearance at London’s Comedy Store in the West End. The audience was surprised indeed, and not in a good way. Barrymore was booed off the stage after only 15 minutes into the performance. The 58-year-old’s plan to test the new gags in preparation for his summer shows at Blackpool’s North Pier fell flat as club goers found the jokes about drugs, breaking wind and doner kebabs boring and not funny.
“No one had any idea Michael Barrymore was appearing,” said one of the audience members. “I thought it was brilliant at first and clapped along with everyone to welcome him. But the guy has obviously no idea what he’s doing in a modern comedy club.”
Barrymore’s career came to a halt after Stuart Lubbock’s body was found in his swimming pool in 2001. In 2007 Barrymore was arrested along with two other men for the suspicion of Mr. Lubbock’s murder but did not face any charges.
Dougie Chapman, the producer of the Blackpool gig, is very optimistic and thinks the crowd is ready to accept Barrymore back. He has no doubt that Barrymore will sell out the 1,200-seat theatre for each show.
Check out Michael Barrymore on Irish TV, courtesy of YouTube.com!
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