Following a five-year residency hosting The Other Side in York, Dan Atkinson debuted at the Edinburgh Festival as part of the long-running Comedy Zone mixed-bill showcase in 2006, returning the following year with his solo debut: Dan Atkinson Knows That He Knows Nothing
He also works as a TV warm up act, having bantered with audiences on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Bremner, Bird and Fortune.
He was nominated best compere in the 2010 Chortle awards.
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First impressions matter, and Dan Atkinson looks, letís be honest, more than a bit shabby. His hair and beard are unkempt and his clothes dishevelled. But what he lacks in sartorial elegance, he more than makes up for in relaxed charm.
It can probably be ascribed to his long-serving stint as compere of his own club, The Other Side in York, but Atkinson looks impressively at home on the comedy stage. Heís instinctively at ease with a chatty and inclusive manner, and keeps proceedings bounding along at a jaunty pace. Itís a very watchable performance.
His approach is suitably conversational, and filled with a natural wit. Itís more than conceivable that much of what he chats about has only recently occurred to him, rather than being the result of much pen-chewing comic graft, which gives the act a light spontaneity.
Some, but by no means all, of the paths he takes can seem well-chartered, most notably in the extended Ďanti-chaví material, bemoaning the hen nights and shopping centre denizens who blight his life, but itís all done with underplayed charm.
You can hear in these routines Ė and even in his occasional choice of expression - more than a twinge of Daniel Kitsonís disappointment at the way civilisationís going. But, disorientatingly, itís delivered with an upbeat enthusiasm, not cynical gloom.
It sure looks like a winning formula, and one thatís likely to see him acclaimed way beyond Yorkís city limits. Date of review: Apr 2006
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