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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2009
Live From New York, It's Jonathan Prager
Highly acclaimed return engagement of New York Times-featured comedian Jonathan Prager. Known for blazing wit, poignant stories and genial charisma, this NYC stand-up's comic insight into families, relationships, politics and life's incongruities is both touching and hilarious.
Live From New York, It's Jonathan Prager - Fringe 2009
Wandering in a few minutes late when his audience are already in residence ,still dressed in the clothes in which heís just been playing football creates an informal air, but also one that suggests that Prager hasnít much invested in this particular show.
The material that follows explains his tardiness: he is a serial offender who has even had group therapy to help cure him. Itís a routine that contains well-written to-ing and fro-ing of wordplay and punchlines that he executes to enjoyable effect in other sections of the show.
At the start of the show he refers to himself Ďthe serious comedian,í here because he Ďdoesnít like to laugh and hopes we donít either,í but the twinkle in his eyes betrays his teasing; thereís a kindness and mischief behind the New Yorkerís humour as well as large amount of self-deprecation and neurosis.
He confesses not just to lateness but to attention deficit disorder (indeed later on when he opens the door to let in a little air heís distracted by passing people outside) and a tendency towards absentmindedness. All sufficient symptoms to work up a routine about therapy and a discussion of his relationship with his mother.
Itís a show that feels like it has potential, but thereís something distinctly lacklustre about it. Perhaps itís simply how rushed Prager was to get there on time, but the result is that the show loses any edge it may have otherwise contained.
|Date of live review: Saturday 15th Aug, '09|
Review by Marissa Burgess
US comic who did not change his act for the UK therefore not only unfunny but also not easily understood. References to therapists, Ritalin and other very USA centric lifestyles don't work here. Really I consider this an insult to the audience or maybe arrogance. Which ever way you look at this act it is more a waste of your time than his. Up to an hour of your life you won't get back yet Jonathan seems to thrive on it.