Sam Simmons – Meanwhile

5 Stars

*****

Sam Simmons has become a master craftsman of absurdist comedy and, put quite simply, he has constructed a very, very funny show. His style is an unpredictable mix of visual humour, musical send ups, fast one liners, slow irony and fun with the audience interaction. Put the whole lot together and you have a comedy feast. You know a comedian is in complete control when, despite the displays of frenetic energy, there are a few moments when there is absolute silence.

His preparation has to be meticulous with the number of props he uses. When he is in full flow, piling in punch line after punch line, you just have to marvel at the man’s sheer ingenuity. One example out of many is a routine with pine cones. It may only last about a minute but it is such a frenzied minute with laughs coming every few seconds.

He also uses piles of music extracts. An item where he puts the words of Christmas songs to Star Wars music is a comedy gem.

Unique is an overplayed word when it comes to describing a comedy act. In the Fringe Programme there are 135 pages in the comedy section. All I can say is if you are looking for a performer who is different; Sam Simmons would be a wise choice. This is the third time since 2009 I have seen his act and it is noticeable how he has developed and expanded his repertoire of skills.

Reviewed by Ben

Gilded Balloon Teviot – Wine Bar: 14

3 to 28 August 2011 (not 15)

21.00 – 22.00

Fringe Programme Page Number: 146

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