James Hamilton Is So Lonely
Time-hopping tale told with unrelenting natural humour
This article is from 2015.
It's awkward when you accidentally stumble in on someone's surprise proposal; even more so when the fiancee-to-be hasn't turned up. This is the basis of Hamilton's show, but throughout the hour he explores much more.
Using the Goggles of Future Past, we embark on a 'non-linear time-hopping story' (frequently as confusing as it sounds) jumping in and out of different futures where he tries to get back together with his ex-girlfriend.
Hamilton is solid. A lot of jokes are totally turned on their heads for punchlines that come from nowhere. He has a line in the macabre and also jumps on the observational wagon, but dwells on neither: his pacing is supertb. A couple of sketches are a little too familiar – there's a Little Britain-esque shopkeeper and his inner voice smacks uncomfortably of Peep Show's Mark Corrigan. Despite this, Hamilton is very right on and the last half hour has some wonderful take-downs of pick-up artists and meninists.
There is a big pay-off all about learning to treat birds (literally, but, also, women) with respect that swings too close to cheesy compared to the rest of the show, but he's redeemed by his unrelenting natural humour.
Voodoo Rooms, 226 0000, until 30 Aug (not 17), 9.30pm, free.