Chris Addison (3 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Chris Addison

Freeform ranting in a show about nothing

Much has changed in the five years since Chris Addison last did a Fringe show. While the Thick of It star and Mock the Week regular has obviously become more accomplished as a performer, the change is not all for the good. Where earlier shows were about things, cerebral forays into science and the ways of the world, this is just freeform ranting from a self-declared and heavily self-stereotyping ‘middle-class ponce’.

One reason Addison looks like he’s not trying very hard could be that he’s such a personable, chatty kinda guy who makes it all look too easy. But on the other hand, you sense that now he’s ‘off the telly’, there’s no real need to spend the extra effort coming up with a structured show and those tantalisingly scarce things called jokes, which is the biggest disappointment as Addison’s gags are very rewarding when they come. Nevertheless, he’s still brilliantly articulate and a vibrant presence on stage (even with a torn ligament sustained the day of this show), and it’s testament to these facts that this remains a flawed but entertaining way to spend an hour.

Assembly Rooms, 623 3030, until 30 Aug, 8.25pm, £17.50 (£14).

Chris Addison

  • 3 stars

Mr Chris Addison of BAFTA Award-winning comedy 'The Thick of It', 'In The Loop', 'Skins' and 'Lab Rats' is back in Edinburgh with a nice big slab of critically acclaimed stand-up. Daftness! Whimsy! Jokes! Lies! Smartarsery! Flapping about! All present and correct. 'Prime material. Worth the five-year wait…


1. Francis Beacon26 Aug 2010, 11:27am1 star Chris Addison Report

Watching Chris Addison last night was pretty disappointing. I'd previously only known him as a comedy actor from 'The Thick of It ' and (perhaps naively) went to the show on the strength of this performance. After seeing the show, I think he should probably stick to what he's is best at: he's doesn't really cut it as a stand-up and you can tell that he hasn't really served his time in the small comedy clubs and venues (e.g. one 'heckle' by an infant caused him to completely lose his flow.) This was compounded by the fact that he didn't really seem capable of interesting or creative improvisation; his material was also pretty weak. Poooor.

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