Credit: The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society
Sneek-a-Peek

Chris Ramsey: The Most Dangerous Man on Saturday Morning Television

Energetic, good humoured and boisterous comedy which easily connects with the audience. There is little which is challenging or edgy about this show but it remains utterly enjoyable.

Venue: Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
Chris Ramsey can fill stadia so getting to see him in the relatively small Pleasance venue is a great experience. We're not quite the rowdy, bottle throwing, fuck you crowd he was expecting though and for a moment he is thrown of course, he comes out ready to meet a Saturday night drunken aggression which simply isn't there. Luckily, it is only for a second and Chris's greatest skill is in judging the tone of the audience and responding to anything they throw (or rather don't throw) at him. Some of the funniest moments are ones he hasn't planned for - a man making a sudden run out of the building, the worst heckler ever who purely shouts 'Chris Ramsey' and a woman unable to stop laughing all feel the force of Chris's incredibly sharp wit. Comedy is so natural to him that he hardly seems to think.

As is typical of Fringe stand-up, Chris's show is heavily narrative and themed; it centres around and builds towards the morning where Chris was kicked off and subsequently banned from Sky T.V's Soccer a.m. His crime accidentally saying 'bumming' on a family show. From the outset Chris was horrendously ashamed but still feels that Sky overreacted, the name of the show is of course ironic. The story doesn't drag and he moves seamlessly between the main story and other anecdotes, a tasteless toilet paper ad, an attempt to seduce his girlfriend James Bond style in the shower and his mum's anger at him licking a knife on live T.V. However the Soccer a.m. episode is in itself not worthy of a whole show and by paying so much attention to it Chris seems almost as guilty as Sky of an incredible overreaction.

With this show there is little insightful or deeper meaning behind the comedy but that doesn't have to be a bad thing; if an hour of straight, mainstream humour with every joke milked with energetic actions and Chris Ramsey's boy next door charm is what you want this show is perfect. The material is not groundbreaking but Ramsey's rapport with the audience and ability to bring them along with him means this hardly matters. Unchallenging but utterly enjoyable comedy.

By Laura Jeffrey



Pleasance Courtyard (Venue 33)
60 Pleasance
Edinburgh
EH8 9TJ
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