Daniel Simonsen: Champions (3 stars)

This article is from 2012

Daniel Simonsen: Champions

Warm comedic chat about dentistry and weather

He may claim to have learned English from Ali G, but Daniel Simonsen’s grasp on his new language and its comedic possibilities are solid. The young Norwegian kicks off this warm, serviceable show behind the curtain, building up a low-fi sense of anticipation. Perhaps it’s a tactic to let us get used to the sound of his voice and the rhythms and patterns of his accent without any further distractions such as looking at his pretty face or worrying that he might not be eating enough. The ‘mothers’ in the crowd have plenty time to concern themselves with his wellbeing when he finally takes to the stage.

He starts off with some weather talk and the northern lights, while there are nice surreal touches such as the routine about flyering for dentists and how to stand properly in front of your boss if you happen to be self-conscious about that sort of thing. His ‘epic conclusion’ might not quite live up to that promise, but he leaves the stage propelled by a mass of goodwill and a hope that he may be back with a killer show soon.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 20), 7pm, £8.50--£10 (£7.50--£9).

Daniel Simonsen on Russell Howard's Good News

Daniel Simonsen - Champions

  • 3 stars

Fresh from Russell Howard's Good News, the Simon Amstell tour and the benefits office in Bethnal Green. ‘You knew he was funny before he even opened his mouth’ (Scotsman). ‘Exquisitely crafted gags and out-and-out surrealism, at its best like a fusion of Emo Philips and Vic and Bob’ (Guardian). ‘A warm and engaging…