FRINGE REVIEW – Javier Jarquin: Bullets Before Bedtime


You have to admire the dedication of any performer with the strength of character to perform in two shows over the course of the Fringe festival. The same has to be said for Javier Jarquin, who performs not only under the guise of the ‘Card Ninja’, but also entertains in his one man stand-up comedy show, Bullets Before Bedtime at the Assembly Hall.

The show itself centred around Javier Jarquin’s rise to fame, and the various steps it took to get him where he is now. With confidence and fluidity, Javier Jarquin delivered a set that was entertaining and kept the audience laughing throughout. He chose not only to tell us about the various scenarios he encountered during his quest to become a successful stand up comedian, but sang a number of songs to illustrate this, tapping into the comedy-song genre, which we all know is oh so now.

Javier Jarquin demonstrated flexibility throughout his performance, switching seamlessly from storytelling to using the medium of song to talk us through the transition from life in his native New Zealand, to his more recent pursuits in the UK. An entertaining comedy show with plenty of laughs, Bullets Before Bedtime is enjoyable and something I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

By Chiara Pannozzo

Until 29 August (Not 15th or 22nd) 20:00 (20:50) Assembly Hall

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