Named best compere at the 2010 Chortle Awards, at the third time of being nominated.
Jarred Christmas Videos
The Christmas And The Hobbit
Loop pedals seem to be comedians’ new favourite toy – and tax-deductible, too, if they use them onstage, however well or badly. So it’s good to see someone who knows how to use it; award-winning beatboxer Hobbit, who has teamed up with ever-ebullient comic Jarred Christmas for a run of just three Fringe shows – and on school nights as well
It’s a loose, late-night muckabout. ‘There’s no audience participation,’ says Christmas. ‘We’re all going to create something together.’ The first part is a lie, and the second part an exaggeration, but he engenders a good community spirit.
The consummate MC, he comes on first to do some warm-up, acting as Hobbit’s hype man. Theirs is an interesting relationship, there’s the traditional double-act bitchy banter but they are of equal status, each being strong in their own field. Christmas even acts in awe of his musical stage-sharer, talking quite creepily about how he’s in love with his mouth. It’s a fine bromance.
Across a number of set pieces, they mix up their talents well. Hobbit – or Jack Hobbs to his mum - improvises a theme tune for an audience member made to feel like a hero; Christmas adopts the call-and-response style of hip-hop for his cheesy knock-knock jokes; and they break down each other’s work. But however fly the skills (is ‘fly’ still an adjective?) most of the gags come from the sight of an out-of-shape, middle-aged bearded man trying to dance.
They end with a proper gameshow, Name That Mouth Tune, which puts the volunteers on the spot and probably goes on a little too long. But everyone is good sports, it’s that kinda feelgood show that would probably be better suited to a Saturday night than a Monday. Crossing the genres might be pretty innovative, but it’s all pressed into the service of warm-hearted fun.
Jarred Christmas Dates
Daily Telegraph Open Mic Award Final Jarred Christmas: The Geek Show Jarred Christmas: The Hero Show Bruce Collective [Edinburgh 2010]
Jarred Christmas Stands Up Itch: A Scratch Event  Jarred Christmas: Let's Go MoFo Do We Need You After The Apocalypse? The Game Show Jarred Christmas and Jack Hobbs: The Christmas and The Hobbit -A Beat Box and Stand-Up Collaboration The Bruce Collective
Leicester Comedy Festival Preview Show 2009 Late Nite Down Under Best of Leicester Comedy Festival Tour 2009
Jarred Christmas: Dogdish
Jarred Christmas: SNAFU