Chris Ramsey (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Chris Ramsey

Warm tales from a hugely charismatic performer

Quite why Chris Ramsey is so surprised by his popularity, it’s hard to tell. A nominee of last year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award, he cannot believe his luck and claims to be having the time of his life. This concept of good fortune forms the basis of his 2012 show. Having listened to (rather than read, he sheepishly admits) Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, he’s amazed by what he’s learned, and lucidly explores the astronomical serendipity behind our very existence.

Rattling off lines at breakneck pace, Ramsey confidently powers through his set, painting the fragility of life with wonderful material about his family, particularly the relationship with his father. Ramsey’s performance is so committed that it’s a real shame when a punter’s bulging bladder interrupts his flow, visibly irritating the comic as the momentum he has so carefully built is lost. But he’s not put off for long. Bringing things to a head, he conjures up a magnificent finale, warmly uplifting and full of humanity.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 26 Aug, 7.40pm, £8.50--£9.50 (£7--£8).

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