James Acaster really snuck up on us, didn’t he? Ever since his excellent set at the comedy gala, New Zealand has fallen in love with him. He certainly has taken the festival by storm and I feel extremely privileged to have gotten to see this talented young comic in his solo show.
They say never judge a book by its cover and this could not ring truer with James. Do not be fooled by his meek demeanor – he may be more on the introverted side and the show is quite low energy but it is this more restrained style of storytelling that makes his material so captivating and utter comedic gold.
James delivers an hour of amusing anecdotes and wry observations from his foolproof business plan on handing out free refills as an ice cream man (should the comedy not work out) to his annoyance at songs that don’t rhyme. His stories have pretty elaborate narratives but they never ever drag – his set is wonderfully witty and intelligently written, perfectly paced with impeccable comedic timing.
By the end of the show we will learn many things about James – how much he loves mariachi music, his skills at Twister and how he plans on clearing Yoko Ono’s name. Each story transitions smoothly to the next and we even get some “DVD extras” at the end too which I thought was a brilliant touch!
James Acaster is the quintessential stand up comedian and someone who will be in this industry for years to come. His show is extremely entertaining and a barrel of laughs that will leave you wanting more. If you don’t get to see him this year, make sure you do on his next visit!
The Whimsical Banana rates James Acaster: 5/5 bananas!
James Acaster’s Auckland season is all but sold out! Due to this overwhelming demand, he has added an extra show at The Basement on Saturday May 18th at 5pm. Tickets for these are flying out the door so get in quick – click here for tickets. If you miss out, your only chance to catch him live this year is at The Big Show – for tickets to this event, click here.
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