James Christopher’s set is an almost archetypal free stand up gig. Endearing more than charismatic? Check. Twenty minutes of decent material padded out to an hour? Check. Awkward section about ex-girlfriends that falls flat? Check. Anecdotes with no punchlines? Check. The odd surprisingly good bit? Check. Complaints about other, more successful comedians? Check. A joke that he knows never works but which he is keeping in because he likes it? Check. Gimmick that hinders more than helps (much like this review)? Check. To be fair, Christopher does do a good line in audience banter and when he hits three gags on the trot he’s properly funny, he’s just not sharp enough to maintain that consistency for a full hour.
The Banshee Labyrinth, 4-25 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 5.30pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andrew Bell]