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NATHANIEL METCALFE: CHAMELEON, COMEDIAN, CORINTHIAN AND CARICATURE

Comedy

Venue:The Counting House, 38 West Nicolson Street Edinburgh EH8 9DD
Phone: 0131 667 7533
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Lounge
AUG 2-13, 15-26 at 13:10 (55 min)
 
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In Edinburgh 2014 Nathaniel Metcalfe performed his second Fringe show. On the very last day, he broke up with his girlfriend of four years. He hasn’t been back since. It doesn’t take a great psychologist like Frasier Crane or Cracker to realise that these things might be related.

Returning for his third solo show at the Fringe, Nathaniel investigates what it means to be an “artist”, taking inspiration from such notable figures as David Bowie and Jeremy Irons.

Mildly anticipated new show from the ‘delightfully silly’ (Time Out), Josh Widdicombe’s XFM Show regular, who has also been heard on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra. Directed by James Acaster.

After starting a stand-up career in 2007 and doing a mere five gigs, Metcalfe got through to the semi-finals of So You Think You’re Funny. In 2010 he reached the semis of the Laughing Horse New Act Of The Year and the final of the Hackney New Act Of The Year, and in 2013 took his debut show Enthusiast to the Fringe – where it was named one of the top ten shows in the Amused Moose Laughter Award. On radio, Nathaniel was part of James Acaster’s Findings on BBC Radio 4, and BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Fresh From The Fringe as well having his own regular feature Radio Get With The Times on Josh Widdicombe’s XFM Show.

"Brilliant and unusual and very funny" - Josie Long

“Original and hilarious” - Josh Widdicombe

"wonderfully quirky" - Time Out

“the potential is excitingly evident” - Metro

“impressive” - The Scotsman

“accessible and original” **** - Three Weeks

“moments of comic genius” - Broadway Baby

"Nathaniel Metcalfe is particularly engrossing with a surreal, meandering line of dry observations, delivered in a perfectly unsettling manner. His Sugar Puffs/Honey Monster comment is the stuff of dreams" - List ****

“impressively assured” - Fest


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August 21, 2018  Bunbury Magazine
From the very beginning of this show, with Nathaniel welcoming the audience into the room with an easy and warm charm, it is clear that he is an expert performer. This is a show about how his 2014 lead to the break up of his relationship and how this is his first Edinburgh show since then.

It is a show that explores the paths and avenues of artistry, full of sideways glances at a wide array of subjects – the influential figures in his life such as David Bowie, Coco Pops and pretty much everything in between. This is a sharp comedic brain in action which knows how to write a tightly bound narrative, where unexpected and surreal turns to things such as Dylan covering the theme tunes of 1980’s sitcoms are never left by the wayside, and feed into a fantastic ending. Every moment is well-constructed, moves with purpose and confidence and displays exactly what the performer is capable of.

Nathaniel Metcalfe has put together a show here that has everything. There is superb use of multimedia – a break-down of a bizarre Jeremy Irons interview and subsequent return later in the show is a particular highlight. It’s an innovative, intelligent and sharp-witted hour of comedy that demonstrates how Metcalfe is absolutely at the top of his game.

This was a hour of comedy that was an absolute pleasure to be part of. Click Here

August 13, 2018  Bunbury Magazine
From the very beginning of this show, with Nathaniel welcoming the audience into the room with an easy and warm charm, it is clear that he is an expert performer. This is a show about how his 2014 lead to the break up of his relationship and how this is his first Edinburgh show since then.

It is a show that explores the paths and avenues of artistry, full of sideways glances at a wide array of subjects – the influential figures in his life such as David Bowie, Coco Pops and pretty much everything in between. This is a sharp comedic brain in action which knows how to write a tightly bound narrative, where unexpected and surreal turns to things such as Dylan covering the theme tunes of 1980’s sitcoms are never left by the wayside, and feed into a fantastic ending. Every moment is well-constructed, moves with purpose and confidence and displays exactly what the performer is capable of.

Nathaniel Metcalfe has put together a show here that has everything. There is superb use of multimedia – a break-down of a bizarre Jeremy Irons interview and subsequent return later in the show is a particular highlight. It’s an innovative, intelligent and sharp-witted hour of comedy that demonstrates how Metcalfe is absolutely at the top of his game.

This was a hour of comedy that was an absolute pleasure to be part of.

Written by Christopher Moriarty. Click Here

August 6, 2018  The Skinny
The nicest man on the Fringe is back with a tale of heartbreak and Heroes (the Bowie variety).

On the last day of the 2014 Fringe, Nathaniel Metcalfe was dumped. Was it the fault of a puppet version of Alan Davies or something else entirely? We’ll never know.

Directed by James Acaster, the show follows the ups and downs of Metcalfe’s love recovery while falling back in love with performing. It’s structured in such a way that he personifies the chameleon, comedian and caricature of the show’s Bowie-penned title (less so the Corinthian element) with a little help from Brian Eno’s ‘Oblique Strategies’ cards, a talented cartoonist and Jeremy Irons (of course).

Despite hurling pop culture references at the audience when they’re least expected, these are delicately crafted fragments which create a window into the mind of this delightful performer. His sitcom theme tunes in the style of Bob Dylan are an inspired highlight. However, the show does meander a little when Metcalfe recounts past loves around the two-thirds mark.

Altogether, Metcalfe creates a unique hour from an oft-trodden topic. It’s clever, thoughtful and charming but at times feels ill-paced and could feel distant if the references are unfamiliar. Click Here

August 4, 2018  Chortle
The Edinburgh Fringe holds bad memories for Nathanial Metcalfe. Four years ago he was dumped by his girlfriend on the last day of the festival, after spending nearly four weeks telling strangers how much he loved her. During his show, that is, he’s not a weirdo.

Chameleon, Comedian, Corinthian and Caricature is about how he could bring himself to write another show after that heartbreak. Well very loosely. That’s the jumping-off point for a number of substantial routines, bound together with some hefty structural scaffolding, based around the notions of what it means to be a performer.

Anecdotes include that time David Bowie, whose lyrics give this show its title, quit his Ziggy Stardust character on stage, while Metcalfe has unearthed a wonderful car-crash interview with a grumpy and intense Jeremy Irons that provides a great running gag.

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June 19, 2018 FringePig
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June 19, 2018 Mumble Comedy
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