Jarred Christmas: Remarkably Average
- Katharine Gemmell
- 17 August 2018
Solidly above average despite the show title
In his new Fringe offering, Jarred Christmas is here to tell us that it's OK to be remarkably average. The premise of his set is built around him taking a DNA test from 23andMe.com and finding out that everything he believed about his identity (that he was half-Maori) was wrong. In fact, it's revealed that he's actually just 69% bog-standard British.
The comedian rolls through the story with his usual affable energy that verges on slightly nutty in parts as he gathers ammunition. His banter with the crowd is easy and fun adding a playful way to transition from jokes. A notable high point includes the story about the Slovenian variety show he appeared in where he was outshone by a German drag queen who hadn't bothered to tie her bits up. Christmas even ends the show in the same outfit that queen wore: a glittery penis cover and elephant pants with a hole.
Unfortunately, the New Zealander's energy and wit are brought down a notch by the self-congratulatory way in which he rewards himself (and keeps count) when he makes a pun. Overall though, despite the show being titled Remarkably Average, it was solidly above this benchmark.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 26 Aug, 8pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).