Jim Campbell: Trampoline (4 stars)

This article is from 2018

Jim Campbell: Trampoline

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Surprisingly amusing hour on a failed relationship

When a comedian starts his set by saying he has a second-hand engagement ring for sale now that his fiancée has dumped him, more often than not you will be expecting a stream of sob stories with absolutely no potential to be entertaining. But Jim Campbell manages to break that mould with Trampoline.

Disillusionment with love is the glue that binds most of the stories that fill this hour. He has some good points to make about the influence of popular media on our ideas of love, unexpectedly discussing Looney Tunes' Pepé Le Pew's sexual harassment tendencies, and the struggles that every couple are bound to face. Campbell does all this without giving in to the temptation of blaming his ex for everything that went wrong in their relationship.

With such a cohesively structured show, where no punchline is left behind and is ingeniously referenced to later on, while sparse props are used wisely, weaker moments such as Campbell professing to his hate of squids stick out like a sore thumb. Trampoline is an empathetic look into the psychological disarray of break-ups. You will hardly see any other comedian comparing the end of their relationship with the plot of Batman v Superman, but it is something you definitely do not want to miss.

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Jim Campbell: Trampoline

  • 4 stars

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