Is This The Best of Jack Campbell? (3 stars)

Too much too soon for this award winner

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This article is from 2015.

Is This The Best of Jack Campbell?

Having won a national competition, played Adelaide and now presenting his first solo show at the Edinburgh Fringe, Jack Campbell is asking himself a question: is this as good as it gets for him? As long as he keeps working at it, the answer is probably 'no.' Campbell is an amiable, easy presence to spend an hour with during which the twentysomething gathers anecdotes from his life so far.

He's living in his mum's garage with curtains but no windows, dreams of moving back to Leicester (he's easily pleased) with his Estonian girlfriend to whom he's slowly teaching all the English counties. Though there are some solid routines here it does feel like there's a thick layer of padding. It's not a massively tight set, with Campbell spending a little too long at the start compering the crowd, quizzing them and conducting straw polls.

The material would clearly be stronger over a shorter amount of time. It might have been an idea to wait a little longer for his Fringe début with his English Comedian of the Year win coming just last year. A tempting appetiser nonetheless.

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This article is from 2015.

Is This the Best of Jack Campbell?

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'English Comedian of the Year 2014' Jack Campbell has been performing comedy for a few years now. He has performed all over the UK, as well as going to Estonia, Latvia and Finland and even all the way to the Adelaide Fringe. But what if this is as good as it will ever be? Has he peaked or has got the potential to 'make…

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