James Veitch: Face Game

After his viral TED Talk, James Veitch comes back to Edinburgh Fringe with a show about retro games, animated gifs and rubber ducks

James Veitch: Face Game

Do you miss Solomon Odonkoh and scam email jokes? James Veitch's show is back with new email exchanges and plenty of quips about hummus. Following from his success at the TED conference in Geneva and with the second series of Scamalot ready to launch, he is at the ready with new funny emails. This time, focussing on Sainsbury's and Costa's customer services. Bounce castles and points card thieves are involved. Just saying.

In this new geeky comedy show, James looks back at retro games. From a rubber duck army to arcade games, from crazy landlords to animated gifs. Despite the love for scam email jokes, it's when he explores new things that it works better. His fast-paced comedy and characteristic humour are unmistakeable and unique. When the joke runs smoothly and the audience is engaged, he is able to create a chain reactions of laughs. From an initial timid smile, we found ourselves bursting with laughs in a great build up.

His amusing PowerPoint slides put the cherry on the cake. The back and forth between James and the slides is well-paced. They slightly distract the audience from James's comic expressions. His hilarious perspective on life is perfectly on point when he can confidently transmit it to the audience. He sees comedy in the banal of everyday life. Love, games and geekiness all mix together for an hour of amusing fun.

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James Veitch is performing at 17,40 at the Pleasance Dome until the 29th of August, excluding the 15th. Read more here.


Elena Losavio

Elena Losavio Voice Reporter

Elena is a recent Master's graduate in English Studies. She writes about theatre, film and contemporary art. She is specialised in women's roles within media and the arts, and she creates A View from the Other Side, a monthly column on this topic. She occasionally writes short stories about her wanderings in Asia and never says no to new adventures.

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