Joel Dommett: Conquer (4 stars)

This article is from 2015

Joel Dommett: Conquer

Credit: Matt Crockett

Packing them out with a quintessential Fringe comedy show

Joel Dommett is back at the same Free Festival venue he prospered at last year and eschewing the big venues seems to have done nothing but good for him. His Counting House space is standing-room only and Dommett confesses that he’s way less stressed about ticket sales now that there are no tickets to sell. Indeed, he’s pretty relaxed about the whole affair, already onstage and bopping to music as the would-be audience members fight over seats.

What follows is practically a step-by-step guide to constructing a narrative stand-up hour. Dommett sets up the premise – his new attitude and how it has led to love – before embarking on a series of digressions with a sad bit, a musical bit and some visual aids that somehow all converge in an epiphany-laden finale.

The aggressive mimes that he throws in are not textbook, but still contribute to the energy and passion that fizzle through his animated performance. Dommett’s tactics are highly successful, and having found what works for him, he’s clearly having fun doing it. Conquer is a quintessential Fringe comedy show, so best make sure you get there early to nab a seat.

Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, 667 7533, until 29 Aug (not 28), 9pm, free.

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