Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Jamie Kilstein: Sober Song Rants and a Cat Story, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick
Jamie Kilstein is having a mid-life crisis, he tells us, so he jams out with his loop machine at the top of the show. After which we are all feeling a little calmer. But not for long because, thankfully, even after all these years, Kilstein is still angry. And I mean Angry. Religion, racism, the gun lobby, sexism, police brutality, country music and Michael Bay movies all get it in the neck. Especially when the neck is red. Or if it belongs to Michael Bay.
His rants are what garnered him an audience here and he can still rant with the best of them. But now we get more songs – and Kilstein is no mean guitarist – and some stories. Now, unlikely as it might seem, quite a lot of these stories centre around Jamie’s cats. He adores his cats. When push comes to shove, he admits to loving cats more than he hates police violence. It is a shock to all of us who remember Kilstein of old, but we forgive him because this hour is so packed with smart, savage stuff. He gives us his version of Christian Rock (believers should be aware this ain’t Kumbaya), a phenomenal rant at the NRA, a reversed roles number about sexual harassment, a song which he says is either going to get him killed or make him “like, a trillion dollars” and a song about truth (more specifically what he is actually listening to when you think he is listening to Radiohead) which touches chords (no pun intended) throughout the audience. Anyone who remembers Kilstein from his first years at the Fringe will be thrilled by this show. And anyone who has no idea who he is should go along and find out.
Stand in the Square (VENUE 372), until 31 August, 8:20pm
Published in The Scotsman on 25 August 2015
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