Chris Ramsey: Feeling Lucky

Some people are just born to be a performer; they are incredibly comfortable being on stage and thrive in the company of complete strangers. Chris Ramsey is one of these people.As soon as it kicked off and for the entirety of the show, he had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand. His delightful charm and affable nature combined with his infectious energy make him extremely likeable and very easy to listen to.

The show’s premise is exactly as the title suggests – it’s about feeling lucky. Ramsey explains why he feels so fortunate by fondly sharing both amusing and heartwarming stories, particularly some really hilarious ones involving his father, who we soon learn is a bit of a comedian in his own right.

Throughout the hour we are treated to an array of anecdotes; many are from his everyday life but most do tend to stem from his childhood. The structure feels very much like a family album being shown to us – except instead of photos the images are painted through dynamic storytelling. Ramsey’s greatest gift is his innate ability to tell a good story. He is a captivating and wonderfully animated raconteur; every story is skillfully structured – perfectly paced, well timed and delivered effortlessly with great showmanship and excellent comedic timing.

As enjoyable as his show is, his style of comedy may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Some of his content does veer on the blue side at times so if you do get offended easily, this might not be the show for you.

Feeling Lucky is highly entertaining and is also surprisingly very thought-provoking. It is a superbly crafted hour of comedy that will have you in stitches from start to finish but will also provoke a renewed appreciation for life and make you realise just how lucky we truly are.

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Following his four times extended, sell-out tour, star of Celebrity Juice and BBC Two's Hebburn brings his critically acclaimed show to the Edinburgh Fringe for three nights only. ‘Frighteningly talented’ (GQ).

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