Jason Cook: Fear (3 stars)

This article is from 2009

Jason Cook: Fear

The Geordie’s honest approach falls short with Fear

Anyone familiar with Jason Cook’s routines knows that he likes to produce heart-warming comedy with an emotional kick. Since 2007’s My Confessions and last year’s Joy, the brutally honest approach has been a refreshing departure in the scene, especially coming from an affable and chatty Geordie with slightly silly hair. It’s the same for this year’s Fear, in which Cook bonds with his audience over various phobias, from spiders to odd numbers, and adds anecdotal evidence of his own. That his own show was robbed of its climax by Cook’s fear of heights is an irony he plays for good laughs, but the actual ending, which pales in comparison, is definitely in need of something extra. Cook goes for a meaningful denouement, but this time it just seems contrived.

Fear is a pleasurable hour with a very likeable comic, and again Cook reveals personal details which other performers would shy away from and hints at deeper levels yet to be explored. But for a show with the message of ‘don’t be afraid’, it seems that Cook is holding something back.

The Stand III & IV, 558 7272, until 30 Aug, 1.20pm, £7 (£6).

Jason Cook: Fear

  • 3 stars

Last year he brought 'Joy', a Fringe sell-out. This year Jason examines fear. 'A total triumph' ***** (Time Out). 'A joy to behold and a pleasure to have witnessed.' ***** (The List). ***** (Metro). ***** (Festmag).