Dane Baptiste: Reasonable Doubts, Pleasance Courtyard, Review

Submitted by JD Stewart on Sat, 8 Aug '15 6.09pm
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ound & Gagged Comedy by arrangement with UTC Artist Management
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There’s always something exciting about certain people when you’re at the Edinburgh Fringe. Sometimes it’s in how big their star has become and how little they wish to try. Sometimes it’s in how their star is by no means gigantic, but it is well on its way. Baptiste is most definitely the latter.

After his success at last years Festival – he was the first Black Comedian to be nominated for the Best Newcomer Award in the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards – Baptiste only seems to be going from strength to strength. Later on this year we will see him star in a TV Pilot he also wrote for BBC3 along with supporting the unstoppable Katherine Ryan on her nationwide tour.

But, with all these wonderful achievements, Baptiste has his doubts. This is the basis for his 2015 show and during this hour of well-observed societal comedy we will join him in understanding what his doubts may be. These range from our fascination with celebrity, faith-based systems, charity, and conditioning. It sounds heavy, but it’s not at all.

Baptiste – despite coming off as shy – is definitely a force to be reckoned with, especially in his observations. A strong indication of this would be the end point he reaches. I was pleasantly surprised as the finale approached and he seamlessly linked every small and big joke he’d paved the way for previously into one. Having spent many years watching many performers who are unable to do this (for many, it’s all about the rambling) it really is a joy to watch someone achieve it so easily and with the building confidence of a seasoned pro.

If you’re looking for something new, different, and fresh, then Baptiste is for you. Book your seats and see him now – a rising star like this shouldn’t be missed.

8-30 August (Not 17), 7.15pm. £13 (Concessions £11). Age Guideline: 16+