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JORDAN BROOKES: THE MAKING OF

Comedy

Venue:The Cellar Monkey , 15 Argyle Pl Edinburgh EH9 1JJ
Phone: 0131 221 9759
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Cellar
AUG 4-15, 17-28 at 17:00 (60 min)
 
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One man. One walk. Following a successful debut hour show, 2016 Chortle Award Best Newcomer nominee JORDAN BROOKES, returns with a new bundle of silly faces, uncomfortable poses and unnecessary confessions. An absurd exploration of the mental journey we all go on in our own heads, during even a casual stroll to the shops.

'Cleverly switches between characters, stand-up and something more avant-garde. The humour is clever, intelligent and walks a very interesting line between being cerebral and broad. Easily one of the most creative but funny shows I've seen this year'
★★★★★
The Mirror

‘Deserves recognition for doing something a little different with the art form… with performance skills to spare and an innovative approach running through this assured debut like lettering in seaside rock’
★★★★
Chortle

‘Jordan takes all of the stand-up rules in the book and proceeds to snap them in two. Perfectly and intricately performed’
★★★★
The List

'This inventive, rubber-faced comic's debut solo show was a word-of-mouth hit at last year's Edinburgh Fringe. He's a sharp talent, and certainly one to watch'
Time Out


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August 21, 2016  Arts Award Voice
Review for Jordan Brooks - the making of
Jordan Brookes is hysterically and unexpectedly funny. He combines a series of slow-motion and amusing facial expressions with clever, witty lines. He makes fun of doing a gap year, when whatever you do is apparently more interesting because it's done miles away from home.
In an escalation of jokes and enumeration of different exotic places, his facial miming enhances every bit of his performance. From being a new born baby to growing old, we explore with him his life. In this story, humour and sarcasm hide insecurity and past discomfort, including in his gap year. It was nothing like the ones he describes: not full of travels around the world. But it is still great comedy material.
The venue is not so close to the main ones, but it's worth the short walk to arrive and see Jordan's show. Expect to be greatly amused Mr Brookes, who is perfectly able to fill up the room with infectious laughs.

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August 20, 2016  Beyond the Joke
Review for Jordan Brooks - the making of
Jordan Brookes is a comedian who has definitely got a very distinctive talent. Once seen he is never forgotten. He is creative, inventive and not scared to try out new things onstage even though they might not necessarily work.

His second Edinburgh show, The Making Of, underlines how good he is without ever - for me anyway - quite delivering. From the very start his set had a stop-start quality which made it hard to build up momentum or to get the audience to engage with the performance. Every now and again he would step back and comment on proceedings just as you might have been getting into it. This could be precisely the self-sabotaging uncomfortable mood Brookes is aiming for though, in which case he does a brilliant job.

One of the running themes in the autobiographical show is the classic Fringe trope of being shaped by a troubled childhood. The gag - or maybe the truth - here is that everything he does springs from his father being largely absent from his childhood. It’s a theme he keeps returning to from different angles, maybe labouring the point a little too much. Then again there are some gags that are pushed so far - such as giving the audience the finger in various ways - they become funnier the more he does it.

The Making Of is as big on physicality as it is on verbal humour. In various bullet point flashbacks and flash-forwards Brookes shows us the stages of his life, from being born (excellent) to loony tunes decrepitude. He has a marvellously mobile face. In fact it is funny that he is playing a venue called the Cellar Monkey as I bet he could do an excellent impression of a monkey trapped in a cellar.

Brookes is without a doubt a comedian to keep tabs on. I wish I was clever enough to suggest ways he could improve. Maybe better direction? Neater editing? Maybe more concessions to an audience who haven’t paid to get in - it’s a free gig - so need to be got onside quickly rather than made to feel like they are watching someone have a public breakdown?

But I get the impression Brookes knows what he wants to do and is doing it. This show is definitely worth fifty minutes of your time, but I have the sneaking suspicion that future Brookes shows will be even better.

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August 16, 2016  The Chortle
Review for Jordan Brooks: The Making Of
Jordan Brookes had something of an under-the-radar success at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, with a debut rightly acclaimed for its inventiveness but not quite picking up the momentum to translate into a bona fide Fringe breakthrough.

It would be a shame if the same happened this year, for The Making Of is a highly inventive one-man sketch show that doesn’t sacrifice laughs for the sake of artistic stretch. But it’s hosted in a venue that’s just slightly off the beaten track.

The show is set up as a look into the performer’s personality, from the familiar story of a lack of parental love driving him to seek affirmation in the approval of strangers, to what he euphemistically calls a ‘gap year’ but which others might see as a breakdown, to the well-worn idea of the fake smile to reassure the audience that everything is fine.

Underpinning it all is an essential lack of confidence; the way he adopts a silly voice to distance himself from the truth of what he might be saying, or the insecurities he feels when he looks at himself in the mirror, which takes us into darker areas of his psyche as well as new territory about perception: how he’s seen by both himself and others.

The themes are ever-twisting, and usually philosophical. His idea of getting an audience on side is to ask them: ‘Who thinks they are ready for grief?’ It’s not exactly on a par with the usual rallying cry of: ‘Who’s drinking tonight?’

But talk about the ideas should not detract how funny this is. Brookes can write a nice line, but his forte is as a compelling physical performer who puts his all into everything. Repetitions, such as his demolition of the aims of a real gap year are made brilliant by his increasing desperation. And he has the most audacious and spectacular way of giving his audience the finger. There are even little tricks such as the double-take looking at his watch in disbelief that he makes as funny as any golden-era silent star.

He cleverly uses cinematic tricks such as leaping backwards and forwards in time or going into slo-mo replays to reveal unseen Easter eggs, conceptual sleights-of-hand which keep the audience on their toes. The whole show is pretty meta, with layers of detachment to be dealt with, which occasionally slips into being a bit too smarty-pants – but then Brookes will do something to mock that and away we go again.

He is not a comedian short of ambition, nor of the wherewithal to perform his grand ideas expertly. If he’d been in Cambridge Footlights, his future would surely be predetermined… but let’s hope a graduate from Newport can catch a break too.

Review date: Tuesday 16th Aug, '16Reviewed by: Steve Bennett Click Here

August 8, 2016  One4Review
I’m very disappointed that Jordan’s audience hasn’t found its way to his show yet. There’s an audience for almost all comedy, and the right one brings an extra frisson to a show. There were more right audience in this show than when I saw him last year, so at least that’s an improvement. The four people in the front row who just didn’t get it made it all the funnier for the people behind them who did. Click Here

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