Lloyd Langford takes some good Old Fashioned comedy on tour

Lloyd Langford takes some good Old Fashioned comedy on tour

The laconic comic's current show sees him ponder everything from Snapchat to soup

When Lloyd Langford takes to the stage, don’t expect an exhibition of comedic machismo. Instead, this Welsh funnyman (who has been variously dubbed as ‘mild-mannered’, ‘a loveable misanthrope’ and ‘wise fool’) displays all the attributes of someone who wanders in and out of museums and libraries in order to broaden his mind.

‘Out of all those, I really like “wise fool”,’ admits the laconic comic who is celebrating the tenth anniversary of being crowned Chortle Student Comedian of the Year. ‘I don’t really play high status on stage and that’s a conscious thing; I could never see myself as being one of those comedians who comes out on stage in a leather jacket saying how brilliant they are. There’s something about looking at something with naivety or amusement and taking an idea and shuffling it about to try and make sense of it. I’d much rather go: “I don’t really understand this”.’

Langford’s current show, Old Fashioned, has him upping his ante in the wide-eyed innocence stakes as he ponders the Royal Family, cinema etiquette, e-cigarettes, soup and the strange, magical world of social media. ‘It’s about me being confused by things like Snapchat or NekNomination, and by phenomenons like the ice-bucket challenge. I’m not on Twitter, and so much stuff is conducted through social networks that I probably do miss out on certain things. But I’m quite a shy person and don’t want my life being broadcast to people.’

Lloyd Langford: Old Fashioned

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Langford chats about how exasperated and bamboozled he is about so many elements of modern life. You've seen him on Russell Howard's Good News, The Now Show, 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI, and he's written for countless others, including Live at the Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The King is Dead. Back in 2004, he won…

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