There’s a quality
about Joe Heenan that makes you think he would have been very much at home
behind the wheel of a big Ford Granada in a 1970’s TV cop show.
Something in his blokish charm seems like it would sit well alongside the
likes of Bodie and Doyle or Regan and Carter. A physicality about his
performance which says he’d be good to have a pint down the pub with,
but you wouldn’t want to mess with him.
If you wanted to sum
up Heenan in a single word, it would most likely be “dependable.”
There is nothing flashy or gimmicky about his performance style, he just
tells it to you in a straightforward and open fashion. And
he clearly doesn’t need anything more, because he seems to have a wealth
of material at his fingertips which allows him to allow his set to be led
by audience reaction rather than sticking rigidly to a set plan.
One of the regular
set of comperes at The Stand clubs in Edinburgh and Glasgow, his
experience in that area stands him in good stead when performing his own
set. He never appears afraid to interact with his audience, making them
part of the experience rather than mere spectators, making his set seem
more like a comfortable, if boisterous, chat with some friends rather than
The result is that
when he leaves the stage, he has never outstayed his welcome, and you get
the impression he could keep going all night if you asked him to.