Jem Brookes – Original Review

Note: This review is from 2002

Review by Steve Bennett

This slightly awkward punster peddles a relentless line of absurdist one-liners of wildly variable quality.

A handful of them are real beauties, but there's also more that the fair share of groaners, punchlines that are too obviously flagged and, conversely, gags just that bit too obscure to get a laugh.

And, as a relative newcomer, Brookes still seems too ill at ease behind the microphone to win over unsure audiences, making the duff lines all the more uncomfortable.

Stage presence comes with experience, though, and this obstacle may be overcome in time. His finest gags indicate a useful talent, even if it is one that has yet to be properly harnessed.

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Published: 1 Jan 2002


Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2009

Jem Brookes: Topical Fish

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Topical Storm

Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Jem Brookes: Pintification

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Jem Brookes: Thumbs Up

Edinburgh Fringe 2013

Jem Brookes: Puntitled

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Jem Brookes: Punusual

Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Jem Brookes: Punisment

Edinburgh Fringe 2017

Jem Brookes: Pull Yourself Together

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Jem Brookes: Schizophonic


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