Sam Lloyd: Fully Committed (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Sam Lloyd: Fully Committed

Astonishingly intensive performance by the comedian behind Ted from Scrubs

Running at 90 minutes, Fully Committed is well over the length of your average Fringe offering – but then Ted from Scrubs can get away with that sort of thing. A gentle comedy at a gentle pace, it could probably do with losing those extra minutes, but testament to Lloyd’s natural comedic verve is that it still holds the attention throughout.

In this one-man play, Sam plays Sam, the put-upon reservations clerk at an exclusive New York restaurant … and all of his ridiculous callers. It’s an astonishingly intensive performance, as he snaps between personas and juggles imaginary phone lines without missing a beat. The characters are fairly stereotypical, but charmingly drawn – from the snooty French maitre d’ to the drawling society dame – and the plot rather slow but ultimately heartwarming.

The fictional Sam also happens to be a jobbing actor, with a lonely Pa who just wants him home for Christmas, and the pathos in his character is affectionately drawn. Don’t come for action, then, but come for a seasoned and engaging performance by someone with undeniably funny bones.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 25 Aug (not 13), 5.45pm, £11–£12.50 (£10–£11).

Sam Lloyd: Fully Committed

  • 3 stars

Gilded Balloon in association with Sloat Entertainment and EMX Management. After last year's sell-out run with The Blanks, Sam Lloyd (Ted from TV's Scrubs) returns to the Fringe to play all 37 roles in Becky Mode's machine gun paced, hilarious one-man comedy play; Fully Committed. Lloyd plays Sam Peliczowski, the…