Jarred Christmas (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

Jarred Christmas

Personal set from personable stand-up

With a surname like Christmas, it’s a no-brainer that this Kiwi had to grow up defending himself. And defend himself he does, about his penchant for dance, Michael Jackson fandom and less-than-svelte physique. The jokes come quickly and easily, and Christmas’ mix of the off-hand comment and the tightly-crafted joke is a hilarious combination. He struts his sweaty stuff with surprising dexterity when lampooning his dance lessons, but latecomers beware: he will unashamedly bare his chest at you.

Christmas is a likeable guy with a quick mind and a talent for easy but never obvious jokes, and the audience laughed along as he shared his temptation at the birth certificate registrar’s office and roared at his recollection of a brief brush with infamy from an appearance on Big Brother’s Big Mouth. His comedy isn’t observational, but personal, and the laughs come from a familiarity with the situations he describes, though not everyone is a comedian struggling to fill out government forms. Christmas is robustly funny, his delivery confident and his show not to be missed.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 30 Aug, 8pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50).

Jarred Christmas Stands Up

  • 4 stars

One of New Zealand’s funniest exports is back for Edinburgh 2010. Following sell-out shows in Edinburgh and London, a starring role in a BBC2 sitcom, winning an award, and dancing like Beyonce for Pot Noodle, Jarred Christmas returns to do what he does best... stand-up. Winner of Chortle Comedy Award 2010. 'One of the…