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AR­RIv­Ing to the pounding pop of the Back­street Boys, high-fiv­ing and strip-teas­ing, the ebul­lient Jarred Christ­mas knows how to get a gig started. A cel­e­brated com­père, he’s in­stantly en­gag­ing, warm­ing us up for a string of anec­dotes loosely themed on the ac­count­abil­ity of putting “standup” as his pro­fes­sion on his daugh­ter’s birth cer­tifi­cate.

In­evitably, this prompts mem­o­ries of the Kiwi’s own child­hood, the var­i­ous nick­names he en­dured at school for hav­ing an un­usual name, while at the same time piquing his prankster per­son­al­ity, mak­ing him won­der if he can un­der­mine her pro­nun­ci­a­tion for his own de­layed amuse­ment. Tales are re­lated of strug­gles with ad­ver­sity as the school Dun­geons & Dragons cap­tain, be­fore his en­rol­ment in dance lessons, the chunky comic be­ly­ing his cud­dly frame with a fu­ri­ously ded­i­cated se­quence of Michael Jack­son moves.

Funny through­out, spo­rad­i­cally won­der­fully so, this hour re­gret­tably lacks co­he­sion, sto­ries like his in­ad­ver­tent hum­bling of new Zealand rugby leg­end Zin­zan Brooke some­what stretch­ing the link to his fa­ther­hood, ac­counts of his early stand-up ca­reer even more so. Re­gard­less, Christ­mas is a mag­netic per­son­al­ity and with a more tightly-fo­cused hour, could soon be a Fringe hit.

JAy RicHARdson

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 8pm.

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