Jim Campbell: Stupid Animals (4 stars)

This article is from 2013

Jim Campbell: Stupid Animals

An hour that will leave you entertained, enlightened and sharing in the comedian’s own humanity

As soon as Jim Campbell walks on to the stage you know you're in safe hands – which is worth half the ticket price alone. Comfortable, relaxed and refreshingly static, Campbell cuts a stark comparison with the sweating, pacing rattletraps who all too often grace small dingy Fringe stages. It is small and cramped in underbelly's Wee Coo, but this only serves to emphasise the fact that Campbell's audience are hanging on his every well-considered word.

It's a pensive and purposeful performance from the Essex comedian, and Campbell makes no apologies for provocative material – creationists, reptile aficionados and BNP cardholders steer clear.

‘Stupid Animals’ sets out to explore the human condition, with all its love, hate and vajazzles. Happily he merely touches upon the latter (if you’ll pardon the expression) and Campbell’s material proves to be charmingly fresh. Whether we humans are stupid animals or not isn’t really answered in the show, but spending an hour in Campbell’s company will leave you entertained, enlightened and hopefully sharing in some of the comedian’s own humanity.

Underbelly, Bristo Square, 0844 545 8252, until 26 Aug, 8.05pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Jim Campbell: Stupid Animals

  • 4 stars

Ditto Productions. Human beings are the most intelligent species on the planet. We've mapped the world, split the atom and have been to the moon. We also do profoundly stupid things. Some of us achieve greatness, many are just confused. Jim is one of the latter. He follows his sell-out debut Fringe with a show proving…