Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Adam Hess: Salmon, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Jay Richardson.
Adam Hess is a tricky comic to get a bead on. An exceptional Twitter gag merchant, on stage he’s grown more controlled than when he first began on the comedy circuit. Yet he still delivers his hour like a giddy stream of consciousness, leaping on stage, thoughts tumbling from his mouth with gabbling abandon.
Fellow comics call him an inveterate liar. But his memories of his upbringing are almost too weird to be fiction and certainly explain his arrested development.
Getting dumped just before the Fringe probably hasn’t calmed the 26-year-old. But his childlike excitability in performance is endearing, even if too many “what am I like?” moments get tiring.
With such a dizzying style, not every routine fully lands. But he segues easily between storytelling and slightly touched observational humour, even pulling an audience member up to read some of his one-liners while he offers gnomic responses from behind a mask. You can’t, and probably shouldn’t, take your eyes off Hess. And whether he’s to be pitied or admired for the humiliations and social disasters he’s turned into comedy is beside the point. He’s found the only job he can thrive in.
Heroes @ The Hive (Venue 313) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015
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