Dan Jones: New Kid (2 stars)

This article is from 2014

Dan Jones: New Kid

A comedic play with great potential that just doesn't come together at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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).

Dan Jones: New Kid

  • 2 stars

Debut show featuring character comedy from Dan Jones.