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Rhys James – Begins (Live Nation in association with Lisa White at Glorious Management)

By | Published on Tuesday 5 August 2014

23-year-old Rhys James passes perfectly from prose to spoken word poetry during his show, losing neither humour nor charm as he does so. The only real difference between them is that one doesn’t rhyme. A self-proclaimed “language comedian”, he offers a set which is rapid-fire and intricate. He darts around, turns his own words upon himself then confidently cuts himself down: it’s impossible for hecklers to make jokes at his expense, because he’s already made them all. Watching Rhys James is like being attacked by a swarm of flies – his punchlines surround you in an indiscernible flurry, slightly annoying but also pleasantly tickly. He may not have quite found his niche yet, but he’s very close.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [George Robb]