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REVIEW: Michael McIntyre has Brisbane in stitches

Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow.
Michael McIntyre in a scene from his TV series Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow. Ellis OBrian

HE is quintissentially British but it appears Australian audiences love Michael McIntyre too.

Walking into the Brisbane Convention Centre last night after speaking to a couple of Australian friends who had not heard much about McIntyre, I wasn't sure just how his comedy would translate in front of a Queensland audience.

But I shouldn't have worried - the man who was the highest-paid comedy performer in the world in 2012 - can make anybody laugh.

Granted, a fair sprinkling of the audience in Brisbane were ex-pats, but when you're funny, you're funny in any language.

There are plenty of observational comedians out there but none can match McIntyre.

It has been said that McIntyre's style is easy to mimic but after watching a montage of videos of the general public trying to perform lines from his better-known routines, it was clear to see that there is an art to what McIntyre does and he does it better than anyone.

A huge crowd in the Convention Centre was tantamount to that and even though there were a couple of empty seats, which the star of the show suggested were the result of shark attacks, this was a sell-out and no one went home disappointed.

For me a good comedian is one who for the first 10 minutes after the show you cannot remember what they talked about but then on the way home you start laughing because you get a flashback of part of the routine.

Trust me there were plenty of those on the hour-plus journey back to base for me and my wife.

McIntyre has the ability, like great British comics of the past such as Eric Morecambe, Tommy Cooper and Les Dawson, to get you laughing without even opening their mouths.

The 40-year-old is a visual comedian too and following him around the stage is sometimes quite tough but he needs to be doing silly walks and making funny faces to try to get over the stories he's telling.

Although McIntyre is a storyteller he also takes me back to the days of vaudeville - an old-fashioned clown if you like.

Subjects as diverse as his wife's nocturnal habits to how to control his kids with an iPad had the audience in stitches.

The thing about McIntyre is that every story he tells you can relate to.

You can see wives nudging husbands and vice-versa as if to say "that's what you do".

Just like when McIntyre talks about the Brits on holiday.

From trying to manoeuvre a large umbrella with a concrete stand around a pool to the shenanigans of English people trying to get in the water on holiday ("it's lovely when you get in"), McIntyre has it down pat.

The McIntyre tour is called Happy and Glorious and heads to Perth tomorrow.

The line comes from the British national anthem and is quite apt for this comedic king who is certainly ruling the world at the moment.

Michael McIntyre's Big Show airs Sundays at 8.30pm Qld, 9.30pm NSW on UKTV.

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