Comedy review: James Acaster – Lawnmower
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: James Acaster – Lawnmower at Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33), reviewed by Jay Richardson
Like the band on the Titanic he is so impressed by, James Acaster won’t be hurried in this comedically dense but casually paced hour, arriving at the punchlines in his own sweet time.
A maverick in Marks & Spencer fawn, who was into mariachi bands before they were cool, his main goal for the show and, indeed, his life, he maintains, is to rescue the reputation of Yoko Ono.
Still evolving his dryly distinct, mildly contrarian style, the former Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee fully absorbs you into his world of ice-cream van entrepreneurship, sky-writer whimsy and advanced Twister tactics.
Suggesting an alternative, biscuit-orientated history of
The Beatles, Acaster skilfully layers his routines over and through each other with subtle echoes and callback gags.
Owning this approach, the laughs arrive thick and slow, but he is never in danger of losing the room. Still, it’s a risk that doesn’t quite come off and for the want of a few punchier sections, it might really have been an hour to remember.
As it is, the funniest moments of the inexplicably titled Lawnmower remain with you but they don’t coalesce into the understated triumph they occasionally threaten.
Until 25 August. Today 7pm
More info: James Acaster – Lawnmower is at Pleasance Courtyard
Originally published in The Scotsman