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Jake Lambert: Never Mak the Same Mistak Twice | Edinburgh Fringe

Jake LambertWhen I caught Jake Lambert’s Edinburgh Fringe stand up set in 2018, I went on a night when the audience had some characters in it – they were loud and boisterous, in a good way, a real Saturday night crowd. This year, on the night I went, there was talk about a trip to Melbourne, as his girlfriend hails from there: good, decent, friendly people. And then there’s that thing when a comedian just has to shout out, “Anyone from [a given place] in tonight?” (In another Fringe show, which shall remain nameless, the comic asked if anyone was in from a certain town in the West Midlands. The question was met with silence, and was thus repeated, before a deadpan answer came back from an audience member: “Clearly not. It’s a performing arts festival.”)

Anyway, there was a chap from Melbourne in the audience, but he was the antithesis of what Lambert was attempting to portray – namely, Australians are gregarious, warm, big-hearted and so on. My fellow audience member’s reticence to respond to invitations (plural) to engage in conversation, though in some ways understandable – I’m not the biggest fan of audience participation myself – certainly tested Lambert’s assertions about people from Melbourne. That said, of course one person does not and cannot be representative of an entire city.

There was one point of note, however, about ‘drop bears’. Pressed for further particulars, our friend from Melbourne would only say they are very dangerous. If anyone cares, the drop bear does have its own web page on the Australian Museum website, where they are listed as “a large, arboreal, predatory marsupial related to the koala”. But I digress. There’s talk of dinner parties and discussions with people who are unable to accept viewpoints that differ from their own, which I thought was a highly interesting point, because up to this point there’s been talk of ‘keyboard warriors’. These are the sort of people who take to social media to express sheer outrage about this, that and the other thing – but if one were to meet them in person, it would usually transpire that they do have some civility after all.

Lambert has, he says, been trying to be more open, to overcome his shyness. I momentarily wrestled with that thought – how exactly does someone who brings their own comedy show to the Edinburgh Fringe reach the conclusion that he’s ‘shy’? But by the time I began to think about that, a) the show had moved swiftly on and b) there was most likely a punchline laced with irony in that statement which clearly went over my head.

There is, somehow, time for commercial breaks in an hour-long set that covers a lot of ground – Lambert’s experiences on a cowboy ranch were particularly amusing. With only the lightest of sprinkles of strong language, there’s a certain charm and friendliness about him, which occasionally extends to brutal honesty: one of the reasons why he’s not keen on having children is that he’s ‘selfish’. There’s subtlety and wit throughout, and with no reservations about the show, I’m giving it full marks. Jake Lambert is someone to watch out for in the future.

5 Star Rating

Review by Chris Omaweng

Following on from his sold-out, ‘solidly entertaining debut’ (Scotsman), Jake Lambert returns with a brand-new show packed full of ‘brilliant one-liners’ (Chortle.co.uk). As seen on Comedy Central, writer for Mock The Week and The News Quiz. So, the show title: basically, he’s moved in with his girlfriend and he’s trying not to mess it up, whilst learning from his mistakes. (He was going to do a show about his successes, but neither of them were very funny). Tour support for Tom Allen, Seann Walsh, Kerry Godliman, and Rob Beckett.

Pleasance Courtyard
16th to 25th August 2019


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