Following the broadcast of his successful Radio 4 series in late 2016, Messed Up is an autobiographical take on the trials and tribulations of comedian Josh Howie in the run-up to the arrival of his new baby. As he struggles to become a good father and better husband, things, of course, never run smoothly.
Compared to both Larry David and Woody Allen, yet bringing his own neuroses to the party, critical acclaim hasn’t been in short supply. With the likes of the Evening Standard complimenting his sharply-drawn stories and The Observer raving over his diamond-sharp wit and fierce intelligence, you’d be foolish to write Howie off as just another observational comedian.
Boasting a CV that includes writing and presenting The Movie Geek on Sky Movies and penning features for a slew of newspapers, it’s perhaps surprising that he isn’t more well-known: the affinity with comedy, or at least the ability to recognise it, is probably in his blood though – Josh is the son of PR guru Lynne Franks, the rumoured inspiration for Absolutely Fabulous.
Whilst the call from Mock the Week (much to his feigned chagrin) is still awaited, he’s been busying himself on Dave’s As Yet Untitled with Eddie Izzard and recorded two series of Comedy Central’s Comedy Store.
If you like your laughs to be a bit more cerebral, it seems like a trip to ARC in Stockton on Saturday 11th February should be in your diary. Don’t mess it up.