Dan Jones: New Kid
A comedic play with great potential that just doesn't come together at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
This article is from 2014.
Eager compere Dan Jones welcomes us his show 'Live at the Lolaceum', a – very probably – London-based comedy night. He introduces us to his acts; all of whom are suspiciously like Jones and all equally unhinged. From somewhere in the north of England is the bitter but dedicated Dylan Otterway; from Leeds but with an unexpected American accent is hipster Mitchell Bakewell, who has been learning the 'commode' form of comedy.
This is a nuanced, well observed one man play by the real Jones that parodies the comedy industry with its comedian types, TV deals and DVD extras. Unfortunately, it fundamentally just doesn't work. Maybe a clearer billing would be helpful – at least some of the crowd here seemed to be expecting straight stand-up, and thus appear utterly bemused by Jones' offering.
Though there are amusing moments it's a play about comedy rather than a comedic play. Maybe the answer would be to mine the pathos further. The performances get lost in each character's attempts to do something else while on stage – Jones imagines what a day spent with Nick Grimshaw would be like, Mitchell tries to get his wife back and Dylan is putting on a play.
A nice idea, but in its current state one that is badly executed.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 (not 11), 3.30pm, £7.50--£9.50 (£6.50--£9).