Jake Lambert: Never Mak the Same Mistak Twice (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Jake Lambert: Never Mak the Same Mistak Twice


Confident and solid hour of beta-blokeish stand-up from a rising star

With his wide grin and confident manner, Jake Lambert delivers an hour of perfectly fine Fringe comedy with glimpses of the mainstream stand-up powerhouse he might well one day become. Never Mak the Same Mistak Twice (good title) is essentially about the pitfalls of domestic life now that's he's shacked up with his girlfriend. He's not only afraid of the dark but sheepishly yearns for the good old days of flatmate pranking, even if the one he retells here went spectacularly awry.

By the end, we've arrived at call-back central (right in the middle of rush hour), before which he has failed at small talk (the gig almost derails when his attempted banter with some latecomers goes down a weird path), looked in pain while discussing spiders, and revealed his dreams of a cowboy lifestyle.

Those poor vegans are getting it in the neck from all sides this Fringe, and Lambert gets his tuppenceworth in, too. All fine and good, but lines about how vegans lack energy and will apparently always tell you their dietary position before saying hello are, respectively, 20 and five years out of date. He fares better with a neat line about walking on eggshells, though. A solid step up from his lukewarm 2018 debut, Lambert's confident approach will surely reap major rewards in the years to come.

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Jake Lambert: Never Mak the Same Mistak Twice

  • 3 stars

Jake's moved in with his girlfriend and now he's trying not to mess it up. Tales of failures and the lessons he learns from them.