Eric Lampaert: Borne of Chaos
- Brian Donaldson
- 17 August 2019
A mainly dark occasionally amusing story of one comic's breakdown and fightback
There are rarely any half-measures in Eric Lampaert's stand-up. He is a boundless, restless individual on stage and his body seems to work at the same frenetic pace as his mind. Sometimes, his mouth struggles to keep up with the words coming out of it, as he's desperate for an audience to know his ideas and humour as quickly as is humanly possible.
Borne of Chaos is quite the apt title as we discover fairy quickly; his parents were not a match made in anyone's idea of heaven, with his mother a passionate French woman and his dad an English jockey, making him the smallest person in the family (Lampaert jokes that, somewhat awkwardly, people have assumed that he was the husband of his mother). Having lived in seven countries before he was 12 could not have helped the young Eric, and his retelling of why he has a fear of dolls is certainly unsettling.
As amusing as his story can be, the tale is mainly driven by deep sadness. Lampaert's mental health has never been the best and he wonders whether the moment that he finally was institutionalised in his new home of the US was 'a breakdown or a breakthrough'. There's a nice twist at the very end, and Lampaert even throws in a spot of interpretive dance for a show that is defiantly not your run-of-the-mill bloke-with-a-mic business.
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, until 25 Aug, 4.15pm, donations at the venue.