Jeff Green: Happiness
  • By Will Pope
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  • 11th Aug 2015
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  • ★★★★★

Jeff Green wastes no time in getting to the meaning behind the title, asking the ever-relevant question “What am I doing with my life?” Surely at 50, Green knows what he wants from life; surely he must have made some progress in deciding his life’s purpose by now? This worry forms the bedrock of Green’s show, a strangely compelling blend of stand-up comedy and self-help, in which he aims to share his key ambition; to be happy.

His preeminent gift is his ability to impart his innate honesty, which is not as immediately recognisable as his comedic talents, but it is what makes you want to laugh with him, and what stays with you long after the lights go down.

Armed with wonderfully expressive eyebrows and charismatic wit, Green riffs on everyday life, and the paradox of happiness and misery often being caused by the same thing. This highly relatable hour of comedy is packed with brilliant anecdotes, universal truisms and seamless segues, which demonstrate Green’s natural gift for comedy. With spot-on timing and self-effacing charm, Green shows utter confidence with his material and delight in knowing the audience is hanging on his every word.

Part of what makes Green’s show so enjoyable is that the audience can identify with so many of the issues he tackles; from marital tension to the joys and difficulties of parenthood, and the reality of coming to terms with failure, everyone can find something to connect with. He divulges these stories with comedic flair, drawing laughs from the audience at every turn.

Green is a rare entity, in that his material is designed not only to entertain, but also to inform and move his audience. His preeminent gift is his ability to impart his innate honesty, which is not as immediately recognisable as his comedic talents, but it is what makes you want to laugh with him, and what stays with you long after the lights go down.

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Returning with a strictly limited season to celebrate The Gilded Balloon's 30th anniversary, Jeff Green takes us on a personal journey to discover happiness. Is it yoga, a virtuous life, or new socks? Let Jeff confer upon you his musings on Aristotle's obsession. With jokes, rhymes and hilarious insights from a comedy craftsman, this show is not to be missed. ***** 'A national treasure' (Daily Mirror). ****** 'One of the greats of pure laugh out loud comedy' (Herald Sun). ***** 'To spend an hour in this man's company is an unmissable pleasure' (Scotsman).

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