Jim Campbell

Jim Campbell

2009 So You Think You're Funny finalist, and finalist in the 2011 Durex One Night Stand competition run by the Soho Thetre in London.

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Jim Campbell: Beef

Note: This review is from 2019

Edinburgh Fringe review by Julia Chamberlain

Jim Campbell welcomed us, with all sincerity, to a safe space, promising nobody was going to be upset or traumatised, despite the subject matter. Having been through the mill of a broken engagement and a lifelong tussle with depression and desire for validation, of course he became a comedian…
He speaks about day-dreaming, which for him is not pleasurable, but catastrophising, imagining impossible worst-case outcomes that contribute to his anxiety. And this is the full-on medical variety, the ‘whole-body pins and needles after a hangover’, as he vividly puts it.
He provided a good patchwork of lengthy stories, which with a judicious edit would be as good to read in a column as they were to hear. Striving to be a better person and shake off his Campbell heritage (as he explained to the unaware, his clan did something nefarious a few centuries ago), he is bent on some kind of psychological atonement and self-improvement. Or at least that’s the peg on which to hang the show.  

It was far more fun than I have made it sound. Careering through bad relationships, a lack of structure in his face, and the pros and cons of anti-depressants, the show fairly zipped along.  

This is not a cathartic, therapy show, even though he addressed some big subjects. It is lighthearted enough, but I felt it could have done with some variation of pace and rhythm. Just slow down a bit to let the material breathe and the laughter have some space.

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Published: 18 Aug 2019

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Past Shows

Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Beer Goggles

Edinburgh Fringe 2011

Comedy Reserve 2011

Edinburgh Fringe 2012

Jim Campbell: 9-Year-Old Man

Edinburgh Fringe 2013

JIm Campbell: Stupid Animals

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

Jim Campbell's Personal Space

Edinburgh Fringe 2018

Jim Campbell: Trampoline

Edinburgh Fringe 2019

Jim Campbell: Beef


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