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Nathaniel Metcalfe – Enthusiast (Nathaniel Metcalfe / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2013

Nathaniel Metcalfe was charming and funny in this autobiographical comedy set, talking us through his many unemployed years spent tracing down obscure facts about mildly-famous TV stars. His knowledge of 60s Disney movies and Neil Buchanan’s ‘Art Attack’ is easy to relate to, even if not shared. This free set is clever and well-structured once Metcalfe finds his rhythm, the whole audience visibly awaiting the hilarious trivia that he has collated. The first five minutes or so, where he explains what to expect from the show, are unnecessary and slow, but are quickly forgotten once the references to 80s TV panel shows start to fly. Even for those like me who weren’t born at the time, Metcalfe’s humour is accessible and original.

The Cabaret Voltaire, until 24 Aug (not 14), 2.35pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jonathan Mayo]