COOPER TRIBUTE HAS FANS IN HYSTERICS AND IS A MUST SEE
September 01, 2004
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
YOU will not find anyone in the country who cannot do a reasonable Tommy Cooper impression — and Jerome Flynn was no exception.
Flynn, with his big chin and large build, looked not unlike the comedy genius in Jus’ Like That! — a show which celebrates the legendary funnyman recently voted Britain’s best ever comic.
The show opened with a dance routine by the suspender-clad Cooperettes and Flynn appeared in suit and fez with vacant stare after being unfurled magically from a carpet by the glamorous girls.
As the girls headed off stage he quipped: “very nice group of chaps” before mimicking Cooper’s famous chortle to the delight of the audience.
What followed was a wonderful take off of Cooper — the madcap magic, including the infamous bottle-glass, and the simple, predictable jokes were all here.
The audience enjoyed classic lines such as “Doctor, I feel like Tom Jones, is that common? — He said ‘It’s not unusual’,” and “Two cannibals eating a clown — one says does this taste funny to you?”.
We then follow Cooper back stage to his dressing room where he tells the audience about his life — the seriousness of a personal life was broken up with the routine silliness, adding a poignancy and tragic irony of this insecure perfectionist.
He recalls true-life anecdotes, such as the time when a taxi driver was waited for a tip and he gave him a tea-bag saying: “Have a drink on me”, or the time after a Royal Variety Performance he asked The Queen if she liked football and on hearing she did not, asked: “Can I have your Cup Final tickets, then?”.
The second act took us back to the stage show with even more mayhem and gags — “I had a ploughman’s lunch the other day — he wasn’t very happy”.
Flynn’s voice at times was not quite accurate but the laugh, mannerisms and timing certainly were, leaving the audience in hysterics in an astonishing performance.
Although at times he did come across as an actor being a comic rather than a natural comedian he made the demands of the role seem effortless — not unlike Cooper himself — and credit must go to him for throwing himself fully into Cooper’s personality.
Jus’ Like That! is a must-see for fans of Cooper, who will thoroughly enjoy this tribute to a much-loved and respected British comedian.