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James Acaster – Amongst Other Things (Phil McIntyre Entertainments)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

Getting overexcited about the simple things is James Acaster’s way of life. Gangly and geeky, he’s inoffensive and instantly likeable – the kind of man who can use the word ‘flabbergasted’ in conversation, or spend five minutes describing his reaction to a specific kind of donut. That’s important, because his affable and offbeat ramblings rely on this rapport as much as on his timing and his storytelling skills. Spinning out every anecdote to its limit, hooking the audience with his immaterial material, his subtle, soft approach pays off most of the time. For the rest, he just seems understated to the point of self-effacing. And though he’s warm and comforting as a cup of tea, he probably won’t be everyone’s.

Pleasance Courtyard, 3 – 29 Aug (not 16), 9.45pm (10.45pm), £8.00 – £12.00, fpp94.
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