At one point during the show, Jason Cook describes himself as “like Zebedee” – a fairly apt comparison for the bouncy, effusive comedian. ‘The Search For Happiness’ is an energetic rush, packed with killer punchlines, for the most part; it is let down only by a disappointingly lukewarm last five minutes. Though he warns in advance that heckle put-downs might be brutal, in fact Cook’s real charm lies in his warmth. His subjects, from dinner ladies to his mum, are treated not only with a cheerfully irreverent wit, but also with a rare sense of affection. The antithesis to the Frankie Boyles of this world, Jason Cook’s show is as heart-warming as it is deliciously funny.
Pleasance Dome, 3 – 29 Aug (not 10, 17), 5.30pm (6.30pm), £10.50 – £13.00, fpp96.
tw rating 4/5