Chambers & Nettleton
Chris Norton Walker
Colin and Rob
On pub nicknames
At the 2012 Leicester Comedy Festival preview
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Great show, proper stand up, honest straightforward and balls-out funny, Chris McCausland has nailed this year’s Edinburgh show.
He’s disarmingly honest about the catch-all title and poster design, which he had to dream up months before he a notion of what the show is about. Because it’s a festival show he’s tacked on a message bit, but it’s so tongue-in-cheek (nature of time, blah blah) that it doesn’t impede your enjoyment of some rattling good storytelling and punchy comedy.
By being so open about how a show is cobbled together – and he’s not the only one to do it – he has you onside immediately. He talks about what he thinks he’s supposed to do (have a high concept) but, in fact, this is just excellent stand-up without gimmicks.
He covers some pretty old standards of Scouse stereotyping, fundamental differences between men and women which show up in relationships, middle class and working class lifestyles how Brits struggle in the heat, like a bargain and a beer, but it’s all got a fresh and personal twist on it.
He deploys the full range of snappy short jokes and has a glorious bit of storytelling about a gallery bedroom where his eloquence and phrasing are a total pleasure, reminiscent of Gerard Hoffnung or Bob Newhart, if you’ve ever listened to your parents’ old vinyl or a Radio Four clip show.
This was an hour of real belly-laughs for me.
|Date of live review: Wednesday 10th Aug, '11|
Review by Julia Chamberlain
Chris McCausland: Fringe 2012
Sunday 5th Aug, '12- Pleasance Courtyard
Monday 16th Jan, '12- Leicester De Montfort Hall
Wednesday 18th Aug, '10-
Chris McCausland: 7 Strikes - Fringe 2009
Friday 28th Aug, '09-
Show - Misc live shows -
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2005 -
Thursday 1st Apr, '04-
Show - Misc live shows - Monday 1st Mar, '04-
Show - Edinburgh Fringe 2005 -
Dont know what show the reviewer saw but I saw him couple of days ago and thought the show was brilliant, refreshing, interesting and controversial. Went after reading a five star review so just goes to show how subjective this all is! Was blown away and have been a comedy lover for many years coming up to the festival for years. A must see.
Saw Chris at the Leicester Comedy Festival last week and I must say he stole the show for me. Will be keeping an eye (not a pun) for him in the future.
I watched Chris in Dunstable last night. Never laughed so much in ages. Best act of the night. A must see for all.
Seen Chris a few times over the past few years - VERY funny guy! Always got the crowd (and me) in bits. A must see.
A poor weak act! This was one long twenty minutes. Mr Very Ordinary. Compare and contrast with Steve Day in the disability stakes. Day uses his hearing impairment to devilish effect. Perhaps Chris really does need to show us the world through his eyes?
When he's on a roll he has some excellent material and his routine hangs together really well. There was some wonderful stuff about the perils of lighting a cigarette when drunk. It'll be interesting to see how he develops and whether he puts in the work to refine his performance. Very engaging stage presence with great potential - certainly one to watch.
Competent, affable comedian who seems to fit in very easily with his audience. He has a great down-to-earth manner that belies his disability, to which he only occasionally refers in his set. Worth watching
Had the pleasure of gigging with Chris last weekend , and he is certainly an affable and extremely funny comic. Tip for the top.
Abnormally Funny People
Chris McCausland - As Seen On TV
Edinburgh Fringe 2007
Chris McCausland's Planes, Trains and Shameful Ordeals
Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Chris McCausland: 7 Strikes
Edinburgh Fringe 2010
Chris McCausland: Emotional Retard
Edinburgh Fringe 2011
Chris McCausland: Big Time
Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Chris McCausland: Not Blind Enough
Misc live shows
Amused Moose Comedy's Hot Starlets 2000-2008 Showcase
Laughing Horse New Act Final 2004