THEY say within each great comedian there's a serious actor trying to get out. Well, Lenny Henry was a big success when he switched from old gags to Othello for Shakespearian success. But the transition to pop singing star will be far more difficult, if not impossible.
At 54 those Bieber years have long gone and although he's become a National Treasure and part of Entertainment's Establishment (want a compere for Her Majesty's concert? Call Lenny … ) he's finally come to terms with the fact that he may never be top of the pops.
Pop Life, at the Queen's Theatre, highlighted how music plays a major part in his and everyone's life, and was related in his own hilarious way. From his first introduction to pop music, listening to Fats Domino to now proudly attaining Grade Four piano and playing on stage in the Blues-man's style, he revelled in hilarious impersonations of a Chinese Elvis, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones and Michael Jackson, complete with Moonwalk.
Almost the entire front row was roped in for an opening ten-minute warm-up of getting-to-know-you quick-fire gags, a masterclass in improvisational comedy which had the audience in the palm of his hand.
It was Lenny Henry at his best and from then on he could get away with anything, and with his singing voice, let's hope he now sticks firmly to the day job.