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Cal Wilson: Jekyll And Bride
Carl-Einar Hackner: Heart
Carlsberg Comedy Bus
Carole Jahme Is Sexually Selected
Cerberus: The Ultimate Triple Header
Charlie Hartill Special Reserve
Chris Addison: Civilization
Chris Corcoran: Welsh Assembly
Chris Neill: The BBC, Andrew Gilligan, And Me
Clive James: Meet The Author
Colin & Fergus
Colin Hay: Man @ Work
Colin Murphy: Miraculous
Comedy Gala 2004
Count Arthur Strong: Through It All I've Always La
Cowgate Central Comedy Club
Craig Hill: One Man And His Kilt
Crime Comb: De-Lousing the Law
Crime Drama Featuring Women
Chris Addison: Civilization
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For his theme this year, Chris Addison has chosen to tackle the five and half millennia of human civilisation which he infuriatingly insists on spelling the American way and how we might rebuild another should the one we've got collapse.
It's an ambitious scope or is it? On the one hand, the social history of human interaction and its organisation into hierarchical systems are highfalutin ideas to discuss in a stand-up show; on the other there's not much material that doesn't, somehow, fall into the category of 'the last 5,500 years'. Mastermind certainly would allow it as a specialist subject.
Indeed, Addison somehow manages to shoehorn in a five-minute routine about taking an incontinent child on to the London Eye, which you might think a little off-topic, to say the least.
But the thing is, it doesn't really matter one jot. Addison is a talented, if underrated, comedian who bashes out the gags fast, efficient and funny. You're bustled though his impressive material with little time to stop for breath or idle thought, trying to keep pace as he races through topics as varied and original as necromancy, hieroglyphics and defibrillators. Not your everyday comedy staples, for sure.
He makes it all look so easy, too, with an apparently effortless delivery that makes full use of the space, his natural comic timing and his middle-class 'nice young man' persona, Or ponce, as he puts it.
And though, list most comics, he adopts a left-leaning liberal approach, he can often be truly unkind with his venomously barbed asides, and is all the better for it. But don't be fooled, his real ire is aimed at the intolerant Daily Mail classes, and his mockery of the indignant, ulcer-inducing rage of its rabid readers is spot on.
Such pieces are so strong that the supposed theme of the night is easily forgotten by audience and comic alike. Addison repeatedly has to bring his thesis back on track by unveiling another tenet of civilisation to be discussed, kick-starting another segment of the show.
As a show, it's flawed by this inconsistency between the theme and the content. But as pure entertainment, you can't really go wrong.
I saw him in Civilization here in Melbourne and he was brilliant - helped to cement my theory that the best comedians are also the most intelligent ones.
Brilliant, a very clever and entertaining show. Chris Addison is a natural comic.
As close as it gets to a perfect comedy set. It was relentless in its pace and volume of funny lines. No gimmicks, no gadgets, just quality material and superb delivery.
Really good. It's a joy to watch someone with too much (quality) material, and with a few jokes that require thinking through rather than just junk-food comedy
He really isn't anywhere near as clever as he thinks he is. He's quite funny but very dull.
Chris Addison: The Time Is Now, Again
Paramount Comedy Presents Edinburgh and Beyond
Chris Addison: The Ape That Got Lucky
Chris Addison: Port Out, Starboard Home
Chris Addison: Cakes and Ale
Brighton Comedy Festival: Best Of The Fest
Chris Addison [Brighton Fringe 2008]
Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People
Teenage Cancer Trust Benefit 2007
In The Loop
Chris Addison