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James Adomian: Lacking In Character (Live Nation)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

This is a tricky one. I don’t think that Adomian is a bad comedian, I just think his material was all wrong for an Edinburgh show. Hailing from California, much of his act centered around American quirks that were often lost on his audience. Jibes often felt superficial and stereotypical, and even pretty good impersonations of political figures, including Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, could only go so far without a nuanced understanding: mere familiarity wasn’t enough. The ‘I’m gay and I have sex’ schtick was also a little exasperating; it’s 2017 and homosexuality alone isn’t enough of a reason to make people laugh. Unfortunately, Adomian’s set was lacking in context, and totally missed the mark for me.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Daisy Malt]