Jimeoin - Lovely!

Jimeoin is an act who I can always remember being at the Fringe and other comedy festivals, but have never got round to seeing. Well now I have and I kind of wished I hadn't. I'm positive he is or at least was brilliant, his live DVD is selling well, some of his routines I've seen in gala shows are wonderful, but from tonight's hour of stand up it seems he has lost the spark. Everyone can have a bad day, but sadly for Jimeoin he had one in front of a large audience. While he certainly isn't terrible and there are some wonderfully crafted lines and flashes of genius, he just doesn't quite live up to the hype. If this had been a debut show it would have scraped in with 3 stars, but this lacklustre, slow and often very silent show from a big name act is a disappointment. When the audience are checking their phones more than listening to the act, you know something is wrong.'Lovely' is a vague show drifting from routine to routine, with plenty of observational gags and impressions of faces you do when something goes wrong. Despite the odd strike of brilliance, the laughs don't add up. Finishing on a catchy although not particularly funny song finally put some energy in the room, but sadly this show was far from lovely.

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The Blurb

Stunning world-class stand-up from star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks. No gimmicks, just pure’n’simple great craic. ‘Awesome!’ (List), ‘Inspired ramblings’ (Independent), ‘Sublime’ (Chortle), ‘Brilliant… It gets no better than this… Hilarious!’ (Time Out).

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