Adam Hess: Salmon

Comedy, Stand-up Free
4 out of 5 stars

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

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If you’re one of the 45,000 people who enjoy Adam Hess’s snappy, offbeat life observations on Twitter you’ll find plenty to enjoy in his solo stand-up show. He kicks things off with a series of facts about himself, which are effectively live tweets, and they’re beautifully silly.

But there’s much more to Hess than 140 character bon mots, and he shows off his frenetic storytelling skills in this excitable hour of stream-of-consciousness.

‘Salmon’ focuses on Hess’s childhood. The Croydon-born comic confesses that he was a strange kid, full of sugary energy and always on the verge of giving himself a nosebleed through sheer excitement. He took things too literally and used TV as an education tool, despite not understanding what he was being taught.

Now 26, Hess doesn’t appear to have changed much. He’s relentlessly energetic on stage, like he's eaten too many Haribos, and flies through his tales at breakneck speed. He’s desperately trying to appear normal, but keeps getting into scrapes that halt his progress. At least the nosebleeds are now under control, though.

Hess’s stories are relentlessly entertaining, full of beautiful imagery, childlike observations and frivolous jokes. Even well into adulthood he’s still having awkward mishaps thanks to his overactive imagination and foolish innocence. Let's hope he never fully grows up.



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