Jake Lambert: Little Lost Lad
- Brian Donaldson
- 7 August 2018
A future crowd-pleasing comic dabbles on the safe side
Possessing a blend of Tom Lucy's motormouth youthfulness and Jon Richardson's older-than-his-years compulsive pedantry, Jake Lambert might have some distance to go to carve out an authoritative and singular stage presence, but there are enough sparks to suggest a future in the crowd-pleasing game.
With ever encroaching levels of censorship – whether from within or externally – threatening to turn comedy into a less combative and contentious creative arena, it comes to a pretty pass when a comic as safe as Lambert can be considered controversial (admittedly, he's the one calling himself that rather than, say, the opinion formers at Daily Express). His one joke that has ever upset anyone, a rather neat gag about ecclesiastical buildings and high-speed internet connections, led to a series of recriminations (amounting to the equivalent of excessive tutting), but that's where the edges get filed right down.
Among Lambert's gambits for this debut are musings on the fact that he lives on his own and positively loves it, a few bits for those intimate with the lyrics of Blur, that time he went on a speed awareness course, and the potential upsides of having an overactive memory.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 13), 6pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).