Aaron Twitchen: Quarter Life Crisis

Review by Bernard O'Leary | 21 Aug 2012
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Can you be too talented? Aaron Twitchen seems to have this extremely rare condition and the main symptom is a show that consists of lots of great bits that constantly crash into each other without every really forming a coherent whole.

Twitchen's a terrific host, kind and self-deprecating with plenty of catty put-downs for audience members who might get notions. It's all terribly interactive with audience confessions, glowsticks, a whole quiz on S Club 7. In the finale in which Twitchen goes all Jimmy Saville by trying to make our dreams come true, even allowing the drunk guy at the back live out his rock star fantasies by singing Bohemian Rhapsody. There's also some great material dealing with his own mid-20s breakdown and the problems of being the gay son of a very masculine dad.

Some of the transitions are a little bit jarring and there's a general feel that it's lacking a bit of focus. But that shouldn't detract from the obvious fact that this guy is seriously talented. Hilarious, warm, eneregtic and capable of busting some awesome moves, Twitchen is a Quadruple Threat, the kind of new act that should have talent scouts excited and other comedians feeling nervous. Keep a close eye on this one.

Aaron Twitchen's Quarter Life Crisis, Southsider, until 25 August, 19:00, Free http://www.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy/aaron-twitchen-s-quarter-life-crisis