Writer: James Acaster
Reviewer: Fergus Morgan
There’s no doubt about it. James Acaster has got something special. His four previous Edinburgh shows,Prompt,Lawnmower,Recognise andRepresent, have all earned him Foster’s Award nominations. This year’s effort, a gloriously eclectic mix of quirky surrealism, political satire and gentle observations, could easily see him notch up another. It might even see him finally claim the prize itself.
Resethas been on the road since the spring, visiting Australia, New Zealand and Suffolk’s Latitude Festival before pitching up at Pleasance Courtyard for the summer. It arrives at the Fringe with Acaster on top form, rattling through routines on Brexit, on his time working in a honey factory, on Kenya, on kettles and more in a hugely enjoyable hour of confident, charismatic comedy.
Acaster’s style is as unique as his dress sense. Clad in clumpy brogues, shapeless cords and an ill-fitting brown shirt with an enormous breast pocket, he oozes a hipster laissez-faire that endears as much as it amuses. And his delivery, a downbeat East Midlands drawl, brimming with mock-outrage and solipsistic irony, is the perfect vehicle for his wide-ranging, left-field, highly original material.
Acaster has the energy and industry of a comic on the up. His playful audience interaction, his willingness to laugh at himself, his physical nonchalance, and his experimentation all point to a confident comedian at the cutting edge of his field. His Edinburgh run is sure to be a sell-out success, no doubt decorated with multiple nominations and awards. Get a ticket if you can;in five years’ time, James Acaster will be a household name and you’ll want to be able to say you saw him when he was still cool.
Runs until Sunday 28August 2016