You may have seen Rhys James’ posters up across Edinburgh, and as we come to the end of the Fringe, these adverts are increasingly stamped with five star ratings.
At just 26 years of age, this is already Rhys James’ fourth stand-up show at the Edinburgh Festival, and James seems to be doing pretty well for himself too: sold out shows, TV appearances, and those reviews. But how funny can Rhys James actually be? I will tell you. James is flip your head back, laugh out loud, clap spontaneously, elbow the stranger next to you, snort uncontrollably and pee your pants funny.
Packed into the small sweaty Upstairs venue at the Pleasance Courtyard, Wiseboy is an intimate show. James’ style of comedy is distinguishably British and his wit is fast and sharp with a performance pace to match. In fact, some of his witticisms are so quick you can almost watch them fly over some audience members heads, but even if you do miss a joke, don’t worry – there is another one right behind it.
Wiseboy supplies hilarity through gags, puns, and hilarious anecdotes, all topped off with an expertly tied in video piece that will have you laughing all the way out the door. This stand-up hour is not to be missed.
Words: Ryan Johnson
Rhys James: Wiseboy, Pleasance Courtyard, Aug 2-27, 6pm