In one of the most original openers I’ve seen all Festival, Jarred Christmas comes bounding onto the stage, music blaring, and proceeds to perform a Maori tribal dance practically in the lap of one stunned audience member. And that’s the thing with Christmas – although at times throughout the show certain jokes fall flat or punchlines take slightly too long to arrive, he delivers everything with such energy and originality that it’s impossible not to love him. Any audience members still sitting on the fence will definitely be converted by the brilliant ending to this show – I won’t give anything away but it involved nerf guns and had this reviewer crying with laughter. Fantastic and energetic stand-up.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 1-26 Aug, 9.30pm
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlotte Ryan]