AJ Holmes: Yeah, but Not Right Now
- Brian Donaldson
- 23 August 2019
This article is from 2019
Fine tunes and serviceable banter from a Broadway superstar
AJ Holmes seems to be struggling with certain aspects of the Edinburgh Fringe. More specifically he seems astonished that he's putting on a show that he has to write himself and he's on a tiny stage with an even smaller backstage. You see, as a star on Broadway and the West End in The Book of Mormon, he's used to far more elegant surroundings and being handed a script to learn.
And he's also not used to the cult of heckling in his previous stage-work. Not that he's in danger of receiving unsolicited abuse or advice from the gathered here today, as the warmth in the room is universal as he sits at his keyboard or picks up a guitar to deliver some musical numbers. Holmes seems embarrassed on bringing out a tune he penned in his late-teens, but in fairness it's not that discernibly different from the more recent work (he'll be 30 in November) that he's happier to perform.
In between the serviceable tunes (he deploys a spot of clever looping at one point to give the musical passages a heightened dimension) about his own poo and his mother's awful use of social media, he does tip towards the maudlin over his 'no BS' grandmother. A decent Fringe debut from a man who seems keen to sample the glitz and glamour he's accustomed to.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug, 4.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).