There were several moments during the show that Acaster asks a question of the audience, they never feel like cursory questions, they always add something valuable to the show. It’s in these moments that we also see that his crowd work is second to none. Not only that but he has got us Kiwi’s down pat. He light heartedly destroys our typical reactions and plays with our responses, he reads the audience incredibly well and you can see a breath of experience in dealing with people shining through his confident replies to everything we throw at him or don’t as the case may be.
He made us laugh at the words, and, no, I don’t mean by using puns or by other clever word play. I mean he quite literally had us in hysterics over a word. It’s really hard to explain until you’re there at the show, with the laughter bubbling out of you, building until your cheeks hurt and tears are forming. He has a knack for word repetition that takes us to the point of ridiculousness and out the other side, Spaghetti Bolognaise will never be the same for me ever again. I’m going to be laughing at the words, in the memory of the brilliant and gifted performance.
Oh, and the call-backs… oh, the wrap ups… I could go on and on, but it wouldn’t make much sense to you without explaining too much of the show. Suffice to say that every time you think you’re done with a joke, you’re not. It’s back later for seconds and thirds, and, like full grown adults having a buffet helpings competition, we eat it all up. Every time it reappears it’s better and the show builds into a crescendo of laughs that is music to a comedian’s ears.
Acaster Reset my standards for Stand Up Comedy, a true master of a turn of phrase and a call-back champion. I would go see it again tomorrow, for a real repeat performance and I’m absolutely sure I’d be laughing harder than the first time around.
Tickets are all SOLD OUT for his Wellington shows so he’s put on another performance of Reset on Friday 13 May 2016 at 5:30 PM. Don’t miss out, buy tickets today!
Tickets sold here: https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2016/may/james-acaster