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James W Smith: Living In Syntax (James W Smith / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Friday 26 August 2011

It is hard to classify James W Smith’s stand-up technique, and it seems that the schisms which result from his fluctuating style are something he continuously struggles with. There appears to be no fully satisfying way for James to seamlessly progress from his repetitive and unoriginal jokes concerning East Anglian localisms and puns, to his brilliantly frenzied criticisms of political figures and intelligent commentaries on how context so drastically alters the meaning of words. It is in these deeper explorations of language and outrageous attacks on contemporary culture that his potential is revealed and thus, by honing or even ditching the more flippant introductory gags, James could well end up with an impressively insightful and consistently entertaining show.

The Royal Mile Tavern, 6 – 27 Aug (not 16), 6.10pm (7.10pm), free, fpp95.
tw rating 3/5