Jim Campbell: Nine-Year-Old Man (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Jim Campbell: Nine-Year-Old Man

Comedian brings wonderfully timed and sometimes whimsical comedic narrative to Edinburgh Fringe 2012

On the wrong side of 25 and facing the less exciting parts of contemporary life (mortgages, babies, failed dreams of being a rock star), Jim Campbell muses on the themes of growing up and assuming responsibility. It’s hardly unique subject matter and the use of observational, confessional, occasionally whimsical narrative is not new. But Campbell’s ability to juggle a plethora of comedy styles, each performed with consummate skill, and get them working harmoniously in a tightly arranged show sets him apart.

His observations are never mundane, his confessions believably heartfelt and the whimsy neatly balances the (albeit tame) nods to more risqué fare. Campbell confesses a desire to be a writer and it’s evident in some beautifully turned phrases, a little bit of wordplay and a deep understanding of how to communicate the truths of everyday life in the guise of humour.

Without a misstep, he creates a superb example of how to craft a technically accomplished, winningly performed piece of comedy. With great responsibility comes great power and his superpower is to make people laugh.

Underbelly, 0844 545 8252, until 27 Aug (not 14,), 7pm, £9--£10 (£8--£9).

Jim Campbell: Nine-Year-Old Man

  • 4 stars

Ditto Productions. Can you become a fully functioning adult without growing up? In this highly anticipated debut from the So You Think You're Funny? and Amused Moose Finalist, Jim Campbell illustrates his attempts to become a real person in a scary world where 30 is the new 20, money is broken and supposedly normal…

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