Fringe World 2017: Cameron James ’88 review

With a background in music and sketch comedy, Cameron James has the guts and the experience to hit the mark as a relaxed, laid back stand-up comedian with his debut comedy hour at Fringe World.

CamJam, as he is known online, has achieved a lost since I last saw him in as part of the duo Jekyll x James at Fringe World two years ago – placing second in Triple J’s RAW Comedy National Final, he has toured national as a support for well-known Australian and international comedians and was hand-picked to perform at Splendour in the Grass.

And it’s not hard to see why – CamJam is relatable, likeable and entertaining with his mix of observational and confessional material. There were definitely a few stumbling moments during ’88, but overall it was an endearingly funny hour that promises many more good things to come from this comedian.

While a few of his observational punchlines ran a little into the overdone territory, CamJam really hit his stride as he begun sharing stories from his own life. He tale of school yard fights (and getting stabbed in the hand!) had the audience completely hooked, and it was great to see a little of his more playful side come out during stories about paintball and buying a first birthday present.

But it was CamJam’s final number where he really hit his stride, as he pulled out a guitar and gave a  hilarious rendition of a love song he wrote when he was young titled “A Love That Makes the Roses Cry”. The serious, Jeff Buckley-inspired delivery of the cringe-worthy lyrics was a winning combination and ended the debut show on a definite high note.

I don’t doubt that Cameron James is a name you’ll see for years to come in the comedy circuit.

Tonight is your last chance to catch Cameron James ’88 at Gelo Piazza Hut.

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*I received tickets to this show in exchange for my review (thanks A-List Entertainment). All opinions are my own.

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