Jordan Brookes: I've Got Nothing, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh * * * *
And that, more or less, is what Jordan Brookes does. It takes great skill to make an hour look this random, and yet keep hitting laughter buttons with precision.
There is a ridiculously funny vignette at the start starring Jordan and the microphone stand in a … a one-night stand. After this he goes unplugged and we tumble through his attempts at self- improvement and the zombie apocalypse, and he takes a moment to imagine what the show is going to be like.
He ends with an uplifting, optimistic speech, the likes of which you will never have heard. And which you will not forget in a hurry. He is fond of a Freddo, is Jordan, and there is a stupidly funny sequence that ends with a melting giant Freddo.
Such is the expectation of Brookes’ work that, on the way out, the young guy behind me said to his friend “I think the melting Freddo was a metaphor for his step-father”. I don’t. I think this year Jordan Brookes is just crazily, adorably funny. You should see him !
Until 25 August