Jamie Kilstein (4 stars)

This article is from 2009.

Jamie Kilstein

US political comic veers away from obvious targets

Word has it that Jamie Kilstein got a rough time of things after one of his Fringe shows last year from some army types unhappy at his anti-war material. The only person who might be waiting outside this show to have a word might be Jamie Kilstein’s younger self. For he comes out of Revenge of the Serfs rather poorly, with the apparent sins of Papa Kilstein shown to be a misunderstanding of the reality which Jamie believed to be witnessing though his furious adolescent eyes which were often blurred with a dope-fuelled myopia.

Certainly, for those who simply wanted a rant for an hour, this might prove to be a letdown, but the set seeks bigger goals than mere political point-scoring. Which is not to say that there isn’t a swathe about the Bush era and the difficult first months of Obama. While Kilstein openly campaigned for the first black president, he’s not up for letting him off the hook. The material on his sense of betrayal over the rose-tinted view he had of Britain before the moved here is also spirited. He may not be the new Bill Hicks, as Jamie Kilstein could prove to be a whole lot more.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 31 Aug (not 24), 9pm, £12–£13 (£11–£12).

Jamie Kilstein - Revenge of the Serfs

  • 4 stars

America may have elected the black guy, but we are still screwing over the rest of the world. 'Possibly the most impressive writer-performer I have seen all year' (Kate Copstick, Scotsman).

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