Laughter eclipses any pain

18:52, Feb 11 2013

Alan Davies once knew a girl who at 6 years old looked at her mother and told her, "life was pain".

A while later the girl said to her mother, "everyone you love in your life will betray you".

Although both deep and peculiar comments to come out of a young girl's mouth, Davies found these funny, and the first comment was the inspiration behind his standup show, Life is Pain.

While the title suggests the show could be morbid, or worse, it was far from it.

The British actor and comedian is known for his roles in TV shows Jonathan Creek and QI.

And although he has been away from the standup scene for more than a decade, the sold-out crowd at the TSB Showplace would have been none the wiser.


Along with having the talent to weave in and out of a story, Davies' casual demeanour, and the way he laughed at his own jokes, was likeable.

He filled us in on how his father made him and his brother wear a uniform to a non-uniform school, talked of his naivety towards social media, what a baby really means when it's crying, and even took the mickey out of Taranaki.

It's always a bonus in my book when the main acts have done their research about our beloved province.

The 46-year-old joked his memory was fading and said when he walked off stage to get a drink he was actually checking his notes.

"Oh, that's a funny joke, I'll tell that one later," he said as he sipped his beverage.

The second half of the show heated up when things took a turn towards R18.

The crowd loved it.

Lesbian dogs, his experiences with sex toys, and talk of homosexuals were winners.

He also did a great impression of an English fly which was a highlight for me.

It was easy to see Davies was having a great time. However, that may have been because he was feeling right at home.

With the number of Brits in the audience, he would have been forgiven for mistaking New Plymouth for Plymouth.

Taranaki Daily News