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Nathaniel Metcalfe (Glorious Management / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Sunday 31 August 2014

On the last day of his Fringe run, Nathaniel Metcalfe is a little baggy about the eyes, in a fashion reminiscent of his vodka days. Smirnoff eyes, he calls it. Metcalfe was here last year – literally here, same room, same time; “look how far I’ve come”. Indeed, while the call back is part of the stand-up play-book, calling back to a gag from the previous year’s show is novel. Metcalfe’s self-deprecating style is a deliberately laboured delivery, leading up to a joke, talking the audience through it and then reflecting on ways in which it might have worked better, building layers all the while. Although the pay-off in laughs is not always forthcoming, it’s thoughtful, clever stuff.

Cabaret Voltaire, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]