Adam Hess: My Grandad Has a Fringe (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

Adam Hess: My Grandad Has a Fringe

Matt Crockett

Frenetic and side-splitting hour of powerhouse stand-up

Adam Hess wants to project 'good, jolly vibes' onto the audience for his latest show, My Grandad Has a Fringe. And if that's his true goal for this whirlwind hour of stand-up, he smashes it out of the park. Hess talks at a mile a minute, firing out jokes left, right and centre as he bounces around the stage. It's a wonder the audience can keep up with this powerhouse of energy, but they certainly do, judging by the constant peals of laughter.

He doesn't care much for one-liners, instead telling us a stream of anecdotes about his life, from his super-strict parents to awkward dating experiences, with a great piece of observational comedy about some universal facial expressions towards the end of his set. Hess keeps interrupting himself as he thinks of another joke he wants to share with us, and it's during these fast-paced moments of conversation that he's at his strongest.

He ends with a gameshow, designed so Hess can fulfil his lifelong dream of appearing on one, which is unfortunately the show's weakest point. It slows the pace down too much and doesn't feel in line with the frenetic energy of the previous hour. But it doesn't detract too much from a side-splitting show that's well worth a visit.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 25 Aug, 7.15pm, £9.50–£11.50 (£8.50–£10.50).

Adam Hess: My Grandad Has a Fringe

  • 4 stars

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