Jim Campbell: Trampoline - 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 24, Aug 2018
Jim Campbell is a warm and welcoming presence, despite his heart-break. This pain is both the central theme of the show, and a source of a lot of material – including his valiant attempts to sell a couple in the audience a second hand, only slightly used engagement ring.
He walks a fine balance, never playing the victim, never being too rude about his ex, accepting that they had their issues, and yet milking the whole situation for an impressive number of laughs. He analyses his past relationship issues, from charity work to spoilers, and throws in a valid point about the lack of actual education about love.
Campbell talks about the original proposal, his breakdown and grieving process, his father, growing up in Essex, the tricky art of condom etiquette, and his fragile self-esteem. I hope it will aid his self-esteem that my verdict is that he is very funny, and this is a great show. His life may have had its ups and downs (presumably inspiring the title) but in comedy, he ought to be flying high.
Reviewed by Gill
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