Natural observational storytelling
This article is from 2011.
Raised in Canada but now residing in southern England, Craig Campbell holds the perfect vantage point to view Britain, along with the many idiosyncrasies of its inhabitants, from the perspective of an outsider. With a recent TV appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow as well as a supporting slot for Frankie Boyle, Campbell has established himself as a name to look out for.
Delivering a near faultless routine of observational comedy, Campbell is a natural storyteller and possesses an acute ability to recognise moments when his rendition requires an injection of gusto and others when he should rein in his enthusiasm to build a rapport with the audience on a conversational level.
On top of an ability to provide his own brand of humour, Campbell is able to portray his stories in such a way that there is never a point where the audience would think to question the authenticity of its content. A heavy reliance on jokes surrounding Scottish stereotypes might be viewed as the only blot on an otherwise unblemished copybook, but the show is brilliantly conceived and full to the brim with top-class, expansive humour.
The Stand, 558 7272, until 28 Aug (not 15), 9.20pm, £10.