Jayde Adams expresses the intricacies of compassion on “Serious Black Jumper”

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Jayde Adams doesn’t come off as a stand up comedian when she starts this special, as her first few jokes involves projecting images, and she’s wearing a small mic that looks more in place at a business conference than a comedy club. Despite all this Adams proves that she is hilarious and has a lot to say.

She’s british, and her accent is rather thick. This makes some line difficult for me to understand. One line she says “I lived up a hill because I thought I might lose some weight that way, but as you might have guessed, taxis are quite cheap in wales” I thought she said taxes, instead of taxis, and was quite confused at what she meant. She talks at a rapid fire pace, that I love in comics, and is especial frequent in queer comedians (she is not queer), but here makes it momentarily difficult to understand her as an american.

Quickly she brings us into one of the main trust of the show, which is about the history of feminism. She goes each wave and describes in a fun way. She makes it funny for both people who are knowledgeable about the subject, and the ones who are not. Her quips about Germaine Greer, are made at breakneck pace and she doesn’t stop to breath before launching into a story about Beyounce’s feminism. Towards the end of this bit she says that she can’t name the song of Beyonce’s she was listening to, because she has to pay the artist 35,000 pounds, and tells the audience you know the song. One audience member guesses “Who runs the world” and she responds quickly with “China” here her ability to elicit the right response from the audience without being totally obvious and being able to retort with the perfect timing makes for an absolutely polished joke.

The second part of the show is less linear and more quickfire jokes. She goes from explaining why she’s wearing a black turtleneck to explaining the who the Kardians are, to discuss various millennials who have big instagram accounts and a large following. She talks about what it means to be a leader now. She often brings it back to the ideas that value is connected with the body, and looking great. She is able to make the whole show cohesive by giving the show an overarching thesis about how social media is changing our youth, and how we changing in our interactions.

The background is a large stage with various shapes in made from lights. It was evening simple abstraction that feels a little bit like an old children’s show. It works very well as the backdrop as it’s not boring, but also not distracting. It also is used for some projections, and for her ending, when she contrasts a story about Beyounce having the word “Feminism” behind her, and says why not “Empathy.”

This hour is great, different. There isn’t much british comedy produced for amazon prime, netflix and other streaming services. So when it comes out, and it works for me, I find that remarkable. She’s able to cross lines between doing traditional stand up and a more of an informative one man show that focuses on ideas. She lands her ending and delivers on an impactful message.

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