New Yorker with a well-honed set that deserves to be seen
This article is from 2013.
Due to an administrative error with his Fringe booking, audiences are struggling to find Yannis Pappas, with a confusion of times throwing people off the scent. In fact, tonight's gathering is so small that when a fly starts bothering him on stage he checks himself from killing it, reckoning 'it's one more audience member.'
Dispirited by the small turnout, the New Yorker initially alternates between engaging and crestfallen. When he picks himself up he's a fearless comedian, tucking straight into a racial opener, including some rather upfront observations about the locals. He later settles down with more sedate material on relationships, technology and lost youth, although his thoughts are always skewed by interesting, off-kilter angles. Later, his cool demeanour fractures to deliver some forthright opinions on sex and religion, the former accompanied by a disturbing physical demonstration using his microphone that tests the goodwill of his converts.
Pappas works hard for his hour and he deserves to be seen. The Happy Place is a well-honed set and he shows great heart, building a lively rapport with an appreciative audience.
Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, until 25 Aug (not 19), 8.15pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).