Phill Jupitus: Sassy Knack
- Katie Flannery
- 6 August 2018
TV and radio man provides fine comedy, warts and all
Performing in three consecutive shows a day at this year's Fringe could have been an own goal for the seasoned comic, but finishing up with Sassy Knack just about pulls off a stunning hat-trick for Phill Jupitus. Although starting off slow with a visibly fatigued Jupitus strumming in a rambling singalong about the pointless phenomenon that is a Porsche 4x4, he then segues into a light-hearted story of misadventures at a graduation ceremony in Canterbury Cathedral, which has some genuine laughs.
Replete with the name-drops one might expect of a television and radio personality, Jupitus also presents plenty of vocal and physical moments of comic genius, and a gruff, self-effacing likeability that lets us enjoy him, warts and all. Gathering momentum towards the final few minutes for a crude, absurdly funny climax, the comic proves that of all his talents, it's his stand-up silliness that is ageing best.
Sassy Knack makes for an enjoyable hour of material that might not be wholly unexpected at this point in his career, but is by no means forgettable. Perhaps it won't be the most structured or jam-packed comedy hour you'll see this year, but it'll reassure you that Phill Jupitus is still worth his salt.
The Stand 3, until 26 Aug (not 13), 4.30pm, £12 (£11).