Nathaniel Metcalfe: Enthusiast
Making comedy hay with triviality
This article is from 2013.
Enjoy an hour of storytelling at its finest with the curious Nathaniel Metcalfe. Guilty of having a little too much time on his hands, he has developed a series of bizarre fascinations with less-than-gripping subject matters over the years (trivia about ex-Art Attack presenter Neil Buchanan, anyone?).
However, Metcalfe’s skilled and confident – but in no way cocky – delivery manages to effortlessly hold the audience’s interest. Who would have thought that misheard retro theme tunes, old-school programmes such as Through the Keyhole and a brief obsession with a modern-day Oompa Loompa could provide quite so many laughs?
The self-confessed movie buff’s fresh and clever approach to picking apart classic film and TV shows from back in the day – items on which most people will already have an opinion, therefore dramatically reducing the risk of anyone not getting it – is nothing short of impressive.
Navigating the Free Fringe successfully can be a tricky business at times, but stumbling across a gem of a show like Enthusiast is a reminder of how worthwhile that search can be.
Cabaret Voltaire, 226 0000, until 24 Aug, 2.35pm, free.