Fraser Geesin: Jack of All Polymaths (1 star)

This article is from 2016

Fraser Geesin: Jack of All Polymaths

A pointless endeavour which aims to unravel the mechanics of comedy

You have to wonder why some people put themselves through the ordeal of performing for a month before strangers in a pub basement where their act barely exists. Fraser Geesin commits to his cause, you can say that for him, but whoever convinced him that a ramshackle attempt at deconstructing the mechanics of stand-up without including any jokes himself would make for a fruitful endeavour needs a good talking to.

During Jack of All Polymaths, Geesin has an air of John Lloyd or Adam Buxton about him, but he has neither the nailed-on wit of the former or the tech-savvy daftness of the latter; instead, he spends his time getting his tummy out to shake at the person in his tiny crowd he can most easily get to, and reading from a lengthy and boring made-up novel which is an attempt at satirising fantasy literature in general and George RR Martin in particular.

One moment shines a light on this whole ill-advised project, when Geesin remarks on Joy Division and Russ Abbot both having a song entitled 'Atmosphere'. He doesn't have a joke about it, but merely hopes that it's enough to simply point out the coincidence.

Laughing Horse at 48 Below, until 28 Aug, 8.45pm, free.

Fraser Geesin: Jack of All Polymaths

  • 1 star

Fraser Geesin / Free Festival Publish the blurb verbatim. This hour is about my true, modern genius; I don’t want any silly mistakes at your end damaging my reputation as expert comedian, celebrated fantasy author, film maker and top model. The quotes are carefully placed so as not to make myself seem arrogant. It's one…