If you're a fan of stand up comedy then this will be right up your street. Greg Davies, for our non-British readers, is a Welsh born actor who is best known for his roles in The Inbetweeners, Cuckoo and Man Down but is also an incredibly funny stand up comedian, hence the Netflix special. You Magnificent Beast is a laugh out loud performance from beginning to end with some outrageous tales of his childhood and adolescence thrown in for good measure.
Like all good comedians, Davies plays on his own life experiences as well as observations from life around him but honestly, nobody has had a life quite like him. He is utterly transparent and it would seem nothing is off the table when it comes to making people laugh. With little filters to inhibit him he takes great pleasure in telling his audience about his various manscaping, dating and teenage disasters. He particularly likes to regale the crowd with anecdotes about his mum and dad, which apparently his mum has begged him to stop doing, so of course that was all the ammunition he needed to ramp up the obscenity which is way funnier than it sounds.
He is self-deprecating, honest and comes across as an all round decent guy. It's a masterclass in confessional comedy, the kind where you can't actually believe that somebody is telling you what they are telling you, up to and including Blue Ted, the tale about the homemade stuffed toy that his mum manufactured for him one Christmas, the one an adolescent Greg formed an unexpected relationship with.
There is a small moment of poignancy towards the end as he talks about his father and his love of all things Wales, he even creates an homage to him to finish the show which is a great way to end it but it is quite short, just over an hour long and I really wished he'd eeked it out a little bit more. If you love Greg Davies, you'll love this. If you've never heard of him, give it a go and you won't be disappointed.