Fresh from supporting Simon Amstell on tour, stand-up Daniel Simonsen is a worthy addition to the roster of neurotically funny, introverted young comedians of which Amstell is reigning king. Tripping about the stage like a beautifully awkward marionette, Simonsen deconstructs the artificial elements of British stand-up before going on to compare it with the comedy of his native Norway. There are stories about cats, dancing and giant teeth, all raised far above the level of your average anecdote by the comedian’s offbeat worldview and idiosyncratic delivery. There were a couple of timing issues, but then this is Simonsen’s first one hour show. Otherwise, it’s an excellent debut from a stand-up who’s sure to go far.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 7.00pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Holly Close]