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ALIEN OF EXTRAORDINARY ABILITY

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Comedy

Venue:The City Café, 19 Blair Street Edinburgh EH1 1QR
Phone: 0131 220 0125
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: City Two - Basement Bar
AUG 4-14, 16-28 at 17:30 (60 min)
 
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This Franco-British nomad with an American green card knows no borders; both with his neurotic oft taboo approach to comedy, and literally, by sporadically gigging all over the World in various languages. He belongs nowhere. He is an alien. Maybe it’s time for him to leave this planet.


“★★★★ Likeable, sweeping the audience in the sheer energy of his performance. The strength of his scatty character rips through the room like a mini-hurricane. ” – CHORTLE

“Provides a constant frisson of energy with sparky, thoughts about international traits, learning foreign languages and even touching on mental illness with his loose, animated style.” - CHORTLE

“★★★★ Delightfully weird.” – TIME OUT

“★★★★ He makes it look so easy but this is a man with very funny bones. Definitely one to catch.” – DAILY EXPRESS

“★★★★ Superb banter that was clearly improvised. The sign of a good comedian.” – THREE WEEKS

“★★★★ Lampaert is at east with the performer punter dynamic, displaying a cool comic ease that grounds the show. Natural comic flair and the knack for a decent hook, action-packed and rapid, exploring the less traditional delivery style that really works for him, and should prove enough comic bite to take him to the next level.” – THE SKINNY

“Quirky with an eye for the absurd and a couple of near-Izzardian flourishes… Energy is such that it’s almost osmotic” – THE STAGE


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News and Reviews for this Show

August 21, 2016  Young Perspective
Review for Eric Lampaert – Alien of Extraordinary Ability
Eric Lampaert is a tour de force in ‘freaky funny’. His latest offering to the Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Alien of Extraordinary Ability’, is no exception, and examines Lampaert’s recent life involving immigration, marriage, meeting parents in law and mental health problems with warmth and wit.


Lampaert has the extraordinary ability to put his audience at ease immediately by, frankly, being delightfully weird. So much nervous and excited energy radiates from him that it’s infectious, with his lanky persona allowing him to get away with plenty of controversial jokes that rarely actually make the audience uncomfortable, something which can (in my opinion) really detract from a performance. Charmingly, Lampaert laughs at his own jokes! – unlike many comedians who create amusement from being very noir and self-deprecating, Lampaert is pleasantly upbeat without being obnoxious, and so is far more invigorating and memorable afterwards.

His handling of the trials and tribulations of being a twenty (nearly thirty!)-something and the conflict of interests (am I an adult? But I snore when I’m awake) is masterful, and compared to stand-up from previous years, which was fizzing with energy but perhaps more erratic, Lampaert has developed into an intensely likeable, clever and astute comedian.

This, however, does not mean that Lampaert is unable to be childish and ridiculous, with his continual (naked) references to The Silence of the Lambs (just go and see this show. It’s impossible to explain) proving absolutely hilarious and the epitome of weird comedy at this year’s Fringe. His use of film and music also adds to the performance, making the show feel very well-made.

Often a measure for how much I enjoy a show is by how much I’ve written down – the lesser, the better. It seems I spent so much time laughing during the hour that I only managed four lines. If you’re searching for an unconventional energy boost, Lampaert is your lanky, hilarious and quite frankly ridiculous man. Click Here

August 21, 2016  The Skinny
Review for Eric Lampaert – Alien of Extraordinary Ability
Enquiring minds can have their fix of scientific musings and comedy at once in these sceptical shows from two outsiders

Immigration, that buzzword of so many headlines, is hard enough when you speak the language. Eric Lampaert, Frenchman in disguise, boasts American, UK and tricolore citizenship, and is officially known to the US immigration office as an Alien of Extraordinary Ability [★★★★]. That ability is stand-up, and in this hour he more than proves his status as a really impressive comic with a unique perspective on the planet.

Lampaert eases us in with material on cultural differences before swiftly sliding into surrealism while never losing his thread. He seems to trust us completely with details of his experiences of xenophobia, visa applications and depression, but the mood never drops below a set level of welcoming cheekiness.

We see how mental health issues can be detrimental to one’s visa application as well as one’s life, and all the ridiculous questions asked of those wanting to move from one part of our pale blue dot to another. With a tight use of multimedia we see sketches in video form and extra added photos that enhance the show without distracting us from Lampaert as the main event. This is a slick and heartfelt hour of comedy from a confident and amiable performer. Click Here

August 19, 2016  Festival Magazine
Review for Eric Lampaert: Alien of Extraordinary Ability
Now bearded, married to a sometime model and living in LA, things are going pretty swimmingly for Eric Lampaert, a man who, as an FBI interrogator in one of this show’s enjoyable video skits suggests, looks like “Heroin Jesus”.

Lampaert currently feels attached to three countries as he’s French, was brought up in England, and has an American wife. So one weighty issue has dogged his year: immigration, which turns out to be a major headache even if you’re a citizen’s husband. And without a UK passport, Brexit confuses things even more.

It’s a topic that’s understandably high on the Fringe agenda this year, but Lampaert takes it in unique new directions. Into space, in fact, as he’s developed a serious interest in astrophysics recently, and embarks on some enlightening big-screen cosmos chat here.

An Eric Lampaert TED Talk? Well, only briefly, as he’s got a galaxy of brilliant silliness to cram in too. Even the dark matter is rich with comic potential: his therapist’s measured response to the voices in his head (“It’s the best place for them”) leads to some fine physical comedy capped by a fabulously crap pun. Now that’s how to write a bit.

He’s actually working with a relatively small audience on this boiling afternoon, punters dotted around the venue like stars in the night sky, but there’s none of the awkwardness that such a scenario sometimes provides. Lampaert is evidently enjoying every minute of this idea-packed hour, and the enthusiasm is infectious. It’s probably the best intergalactic immigration party you’ll be invited to this year. Click Here

August 11, 2016  Three Weeks
Eric Lampaert – Alien Of Extraordinary Ability
The first part of Eric Lampaert’s new show comprises well-observed and fairly straightforward material on the well-trodden comedic ground of cultural differences, winning the audience onside immediately with Apollo-ready material. But as the show develops, it grows into anything but standard. Material that started off nowhere near as “weird” as his own persona seems to grow, and soon we’re watching a hilarious, unique show with a huge variety of styles of humour blended so seamlessly they often all fit into one bit. Lampaert’s character is complex too, a blend of self-deprecation, ironic hubris and occasional nutjobbery, with self-references sparse enough for each one to be belly-laugh hilarious.

Laughing Horse @ City Cafe, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Nina Keen] Click Here

August 8, 2016  Edinburgh Festival Magazine
Eric Lampaert: Alien of Extraordinary Ability
Lampaert’s show is at heart an exploration of the odd requirements of US immigration forms, and a deeper look at his own-Anglo-French nature. It’s a bit of a worn out trope but one that he manages to extract a few strong new threads from.

A mixed bag, certain elements of the show feel rather dated, the recurring Mulder and Scully skits especially. Likewise, the jokes based on national stereotypes are also a little too easy. Conversely, the multimedia elements worked for the most part, but the show has as many misses as hits.

The obligatory Pokémon Go joke starts out purposefully shaky but really builds into something much bigger than its parts, and the critique of the media humans send into space to represent themselves to aliens is a joy. All wrapped up with a needlessly ‘risque’ ending that added little.

There’s plenty to recommend, but ultimately Lampaert never seems to quite find his top gear.

Words: Tom Crosby Click Here

August 8, 2016  TV Bomb
The undeniable intelligence of Eric Lampaert’s stand-up rarely stops him from indulging in silliness or, occasionally, outright weirdness. As a British-French-American, he has triple nationality, and it is consideration of this unusual combination that forms the backbone of Alien of Extraordinary Ability. This is an hour of comedy that has obviously been meticulously structured, and as a consequence there are very few weak moments. Click Here

August 7, 2016  Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Lampaert’s show is at heart an exploration of the odd requirements of US immigration forms, and a deeper look at his own-Anglo-French nature. It’s a bit of a worn out trope but one that he manages to extract a few strong new threads from.

A mixed bag, certain elements of the show feel rather dated, the recurring Mulder and Scully skits especially. Likewise, the jokes based on national stereotypes are also a little too easy. Conversely, the multimedia elements worked for the most part, but the show has as many misses as hits.

The obligatory Pokémon Go joke starts out purposefully shaky but really builds into something much bigger than its parts, and the critique of the media humans send into space to represent themselves to aliens is a joy. All wrapped up with a needlessly ‘risque’ ending that added little.

There’s plenty to recommend, but ultimately Lampaert never seems to quite find his top gear. Click Here

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