James Acaster – The Classic

I won’t be the only person gushing about James Acaster, the young Brit comedian who is currently performing at the Classic in Auckland. Following a sold out season at the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival, Acaster was bound to be a hot ticket again this year.

His  new show is the perfect stand-up with brand new material that showcases not only his clever observations, but also his ability to create a flawlessly enjoyable and slightly surreal hour of storytelling.

If you saw his show last year then you will be in for a surprise. Turns out James has a secret, and he’s just dying to tell us all about it. Before doing so he has some thoughts to share first.

Acaster’s highlighting of life’s loopholes is a real eye opener, especially for 1980’s ice skating fanatics.  Eatery ‘Pret A Manger’ provides him with some food based anecdotes from the perfectly ripened avocado to the slightly over ripe banana.  Don’t even get him started on the flavour of Dr Pepper.

As he gets into the full flow of the show it’s just layer upon layer of excellently executed comedy monologues, one of which includes his comparison to gangster life and a conga line.

James Acaster already seems to be an expert in his craft. Throughout the show he keeps his deadpan persona, while he delivers his well thought out material and conducts his audience into fits of laughter. A truly excellent hour of comedy.

James Acaster is at The Classic until 10 May. Don’t miss your chance to see this captivating performer.

Reviewed by Ingrid Grenar

5 stars small