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On pub nicknames
At the 2012 Leicester Comedy Festival preview
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Chris McCausland: Fringe 2012
This is mild mannered, cosy, and insufferably boring. McCausland is likeable, but he has a self-confessed lack of stage presence. The rhythm wasn't there even if a lot of ideas and potential were.
The set started with a segment about successive failed school nativities, each of relied on visualising increasingly awkward moments. The stories were of the funny childhood nostalgia variety, but delivered with all the energy of a paraplegic sloth.
The set was sluggish, unbearably so, like watching chronic fatigue sufferer run the marathon. Time slowed down and I started to forget life before the show. Then came a 25 minute rant about the Paralympics being effectively pointless. McCasuland, who is blind, made a good argument, and then made it again, and again, and then a weaker variation on the same theme. Lather, rinse, repeat.
The never-ending rehash, like a softly-spoken broken record on loop, may have been therapeutic self-justification, or maybe he didn't think the audience were invested in the premise. We weren't, but it was less a lack of understanding and more abject apathy as the set slowly slid into a ditch.
Heartfelt musings on social issues are perfectly fine if they're wrapped up in jokes; going several minutes without any is in danger of no longer being comedy. Having five audience members leave in as many minutes, with those remaining nodding in solidarity, is a near-fatal blow to this kind of performance.
There was potential for an tour-de-force of original material about false sympathy for the disabled, showbiz box-ticking, and harsh truths about the nature of ambition. Instead, we get a sinking ship of repetitive rants that leave you exhausted.
|Date of live review: Sunday 5th Aug, '12|
Review by Alex Mason
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A relaxed and assured performer. Very very funny and really entertaining. Had the audience in the palm of his hand.
Really brilliant comic. His material is excellent and his timing fantastic.
Gets away with weak material because of his disability. Seems like a nice bloke but no real talent.
Chris is one of the most refreshing comics around - nothing groundbreaking or startlingly original, but really, really funny.
His ability to adapt to his surroundings and perform very funny new material is really impressive. Great guy, great entertainer, go see him soon.
Great material, and excellent stage presence, you probably wouldn't have guessed he was blind from watching him.
Excellent stuff. Really enjoyed the short bit I saw at the Laughing Horse competition.
Had the pleasure of watching Chris in the Laughing Horse final, a storming set and can count himself very unlucky to only come second. A sure star for the future.
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