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Chris Addison [Brighton Fringe 2008]
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Chris Addison [Brighton Fringe 2008]
Star of Bafta-winning comedy The Thick of It and his own new-for-2008 BBC2 sitcom Lab Rats, Mr. la-di-da smartypants Addison is also regarded as one of the most versatile comics in the country. With his pacy, energetic routines and faultless delivery, he has charmed audiences, Perrier judges (who nominated him twice) and critics alike as a top class purveyor of smartarse daftness, whimsy, perspiration, lies, jokes, and flapping about.
He's spent most of the last two years sitting in a shed at the bottom of his garden writing Lab Rats, a couple of books and two series for Radio 4, one of which (The Ape That Got Lucky) went on to win the Sony Award in 2006.
This here show is a rare opportunity to see him live right there in front of you on a stage, doing talking and that.
Original Review:This is only Chris Addisonís fourth show in two years. In the interim, heís been the once-idealistic Whitehall wonk Olly in the sublime The Thick Of It and beavering away on his own forthcoming sitcom, Lab Rats.
You can forgive him, then, for not writing much new stand-up material in that time, leaving this Brighton Fringe show as a greatest hits package with tried-and-tested routines from his back catalogue. But even if he has been away for a while, heís certainly not become rusty, and still remains furiously passionate about all the injustices that get his liberal middle-class goat.
Itís a good job heís got that energy, because this Udderbelly audience need a lot of convincing to join his bandwagon. He rants in polite, eloquent but heartfelt desperation at the way of things, putting heart and soul into the animated, but exasperated performance. He flits around the stage manically, but even though jokes are good, itís definitely an uphill battle for Addison to win the responses he deserves.
Only about halfway through the hour does the chill finally thaw, and the laughs start flowing more fluidly. Itís proof, if nothing else, that persistence pays, and eventually the strength of Addisonís convictions turn the gig into something of a political rally for Guardian readers, which is the tone heís always seeking.
As well as the power of the delivery, his other great weapon is a brilliantly precise use of language, elevating everyday observations into sharp, witty turns of phrase. When he describes Natasha Kaplinsky, for example, as Ďskin stretched over ambitioní, it captures her image perfectly and pithily.
Thereís a sarcasm in his attitude thatís brought out in quite childish ways, as he extrapolates simple bugbears to silly, imaginative conclusions. But the erudition of the writing, combined with his foppish la-di-da persona, give the ridiculous an air of gravitas.
Tonightís gig may have been essentially a limbering-up exercise for Addison to prepare his stand-up muscles for a more concerted return to the circuit, but it still showed just how accomplished and talented a performer he is Ė even after his two-year sabbatical.
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett
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