It was about five years ago I first saw Jim Campbell perform. We both worked at one of the biggest media corporations and were both sitting on the bottom rung of the career ladder. Looking up. Work (pre recession times) put a James Bond themed party on at the Tower of London laden with chocolate fountains and… free booze and once a year (and once a year only!) us young un’s had the opportunity to mingle in amongst the big bosses. Yes. Twas the work Xmas party.
I had only seen Jim from afar sitting at his desk and he struck me as a still, quiet, studious young man. It was a few hours in at the Xmas party when the typical network banter of “hello nice to meet you”, “what do you do blah blah blah’s” had been tired out and as people became more inebriated their true personalities were starting to leak through and anyone with any sense had booked a cab home. But alas – we were too young to be so… wise. And like a true performer stepping up the networking game Jim broke the norm of work conversation with a “hey I have a rap song for you listen to this”. And thank god. And that was it – this boy/man who I’d only known for ten/fifteen minutes was standing before myself and his boss rapping a song he’d written. I was impressed. And I watched on agape with perverse wonderment. Five years on – that rap has changed, twisted and moulded (it’s probably not even the same rap but the point is the man’s still rapping) and Jim Campbell now stands before us on stage with his latest show ‘Nine Year Old Man’. So good is this show that it was awarded one of the top ten shows of the Edinburgh festival in the Amused Moose Laughter Awards. Witnessing thirty minutes of it tonight at the Soho Theatre in Dean St, I sat amongst an audience enthralled at Jim’s tales about the trials and tribulations of reaching adulthood, the wonders of being an Essex boy, being attacked by Lilt cans and having rap stand off battles with today’s youth. This show really is very very funny, and Mr Campbell delivers a seamless performance proving five years of practice has definitely made perfect. Go forth and book tickets! It’s genius with balls. Hmmmm. Pun not intended.
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