Sometimes when reviewing something, you’re in the unfortunate position of having very little to say about something quite good. Such is the case with Jake Lambert’s Little Lost Lad.
That’s not to say the show isn’t interesting or enjoyable, it’s equal parts of both. Any successful comedy that’s mainly focussed on storytelling has to be. Lambert has a solid handful of jokes, but for the most part the laughs come from his unique perspective on the tales he tells, that little switch in perspective that turns a mundane anecdote into a witty little sketch.
But beyond that it’s difficult to report much other than that Lambert certainly seems to have a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time or completely failing to grasp the art of small talk.
It’s a very workmanlike show: it does something wholly ordinary very well, with a carefully crafted style that can only come from long work and practice. There’s little that’s novel, new, or exciting but Lambert knows what he’s good at and delivers it without issue. It’s a solidly constructed hour of often contemplative comedy that had me chuckling all the way through, but a lack of any genuinely hilarious moments stops it short of truly special. That said, Jake Lambert is one to watch. He has the air of a comedian who’ll keep improving his craft and I’m excited to see where he’s at in a few years.
★★★ (and a half)