AS the Pub Landlord called time on his sold-out show, the audience virtually rose as one to salute him.
To say Al Murray made a good impression would be an understatement.
Behind the opinionated, almost boorish character there lies the brain of a very clever comedian.
Flanked by giant beer pumps and inflatable barrels, the Pub Landlord spouted forth his tap room philosophy for well over 90 minutes.
Using the audience as the source for many of his observations, Murray has set his character the task of fixing broken Britain.
The pub landlord is rather like Alf Garnett for the credit crunch generation.
He’s xenophobic, at times crude - the language was certainly far fruiter that you’ll hear on TV - and actually someone who strikes a chord with many in the audience.
Even Murray himself had to remind a heckler at one stage “this is just an act”.
Act it maybe, but it’s a very funny one.