James Acaster – Reset (Phil McIntyre Entertainments)
By Nina Keen | Published on Saturday 13 August 2016
It’s starting to feel pretty silly going “Y’know who’s really good at comedy? James Acaster”. No matter how high your expectations going in, his latest sold-out-extra-show-added-sold-out-again show ‘Reset’ is pretty much guaranteed to exceed them. His creativity in crafting truly bizarre stories in mundane settings seems to know no bounds. Unlike previous shows, ‘Reset’ includes a couple of hints of an opinion, but without ever compromising the surreality. Jokes about Brexit, everyday sexism and voluntourism that you’d think would feel out of place, in fact sit completely comfortably next to stories about running a honey company and getting onto a witness protection scheme. Weaving observations into the surreal, ‘Reset’ is a show that has pretty much everything.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Nina Keen]