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Rhys James: Forgives – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Mark O’Neill

Returning to the Fringe for the third consecutive year, Rhys James is back with his wittiest, quirkiest and most topical show to date. Now that he has reached his mid-twenties, James is starting to panic about the future and is becoming increasingly worried about his age.

Having appeared on television (five times to be precise) including guest appearances on Mock the Week, James, a natural on stage, has the confidence of a well-established comedian with years of experience.

Performing in, what he describes as an ‘extremely warm vibe hut’, James copes exceptionally well with the heat, pressure, and energy of a lively full house. During this intense one hour set, James covers many topics from living as a 90s child to Brexit, through baby boomers to mobile phones and social media. Not a syllable is wasted and the rapid pace at which this show moves is phenomenal. James’ material is very well-linked and structured in such a way that each line flows off the tongue, punchline after punchline.

His poetic skills are extremely clever and add another dimension to the overall performance. Unique in his approach, James is everything you would want from an up and coming star: well-polished, highly intelligent – this kid is one to watch.

Runs until 28 August 2016

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