Chaotic fun from the Hairy Bikers in Birmingham

Ant and Dec meet Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, with a bit of modern day music hall thrown in, is hardly a description you would expect of TV favourites the Hairy Bikers.

The Hairy Bikers at the Alex Theatre in Birmingham
The Hairy Bikers at the Alex Theatre in Birmingham

But it was that and a whole lot more when they brought their show to an appreciative audience in Birmingham last night.

The two cheeky chappies from the north, Dave Myers and Si King, delivered a chaotic recipe of escapology, wheel of fortune, striptease, rubbish dancing and even worse singing, and, oh yes, a bit of cooking.

The hirsute pair have become staggeringly successful household names over the last few years with their travelogue-style cooking programme featuring easy charm and mild comedy designed to offend no-one. Their self-deprecating humour works – as demonstrated by a near full house with audience age ranging from primary school children to pensioners.

But moving their TV formula to the stage is something of a challenge.

They did cheat a bit, interspersing the act with fairly lengthy clips from their TV show, while launching into some puzzling routines.

A chaotic formula but still pretty clever and it left the crowd howling for more.

Hairy Bikers, Larger than Live, at the New Alexandra Theatre

By Bill McCarthy

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