Phil Jerrod: Hypocrite
A boisterous return for this professional liar
Phil Jerrod claims that Hypocrite is his second debut hour at Edinburgh Fringe, as he takes another cheeky bash at the Best Newcomer award. He opens with a recap of last's year's Neanderthal and, promisingly, there are some return customers in the audience. The previous performance required him to work up a rage about a job he'd since left and he warns that there are lies in this show as well, as you can't have a Fringe comedy set without a hook.
The start is a little fragmented and bizarrely it's after his microphone gives out that Jerrod finds his footing with his big personality shining through. Joining the audience in the seating, he creates an intimate workshop vibe where people are literally laughing into his face. He doesn't really need the mic anyway with his booming voice and tremendous beard reminiscent of Brian Blessed, a similarity he quickly points out.
Jerrod is an upbeat comic, cheerfully discussing his life in Brighton, his experience of university and his unusually named fish. He has a talent for comic imagery and fantastic anecdotes with a mistimed rap and an act of hooliganism at the zoo drawing copious laughter. A boisterous performer and definitely one to watch.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug (not 15), 6pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).