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Neil Delamere: Bookmarks - Fringe 2009

Note: This review is from 2009

Review by Julian Hall

Kudos to Neil Delamere, not only for recommending his fellow Assembly Room act The Pajama Men but also for being able to follow them in my schedule without suffering by juxtaposition. While their comedy could not be more different in style and content, the pacing of Delamere’s swift and nimble, if not ambitious, stand-up was a good compliment to The Pajama’s swift and nimble sketch comedy.

A very giving performer who can be interested in his punters rather than just be ingratiating with them, the Irishman makes the evening inclusive, even managing to win round a rather earnest young soldier in the audience when the two of them dispute how many wars Britain is currently involved in.

While the bookmark theme of the show is so spurious it is hardly worth having, Delamere’s dexterity more than makes up for this. He’s one of those comics who can use almost anything for a jumping off point. This skill may not always find bona fide comedy gold but his rhythm is pleasing and he breathes new life into old jokes, such as remarking on the quirks of the Geordie accent.

Though there are some extended yarns, Delamere make swift smash-and-grab hits against his targets. In a section that suggests types of people who should pay more tax, Delamere pours his ire on, among other things, people who make those double T-shirts with the stitched on backing. The observation leads to a quick routine about how he tried to take one off while drunk, before he enthusiastically sets about de-bagging the rest of his list.

Lively and upbeat, Delamere rides out his show, wind-assisted by a willing audience. He may not alter your world view but he will give your funny bone a vigorous tickle.

Review date: 24 Aug 2009
Reviewed by: Julian Hall

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