Nostalgia. It can happen to anyone, at any time. The song playing, that movie you saw, the piece of memorabilia you found in your parents’ closet. They can bring back memories of a time and place you thought you had forgotten. It’s those feelings of going back, remembering and sometimes cringing Cameron James to his new show, electric dreams†
You know from the start that this is going to be a serious flashback. Images of late 90s/early vices movies (think the matrix and fight club), nu-metal music (Korn, Limp Bizkit) and long-discarded toys (Tamagotchi and Xbox) shot on a screen, interspersed with classic 90s dodgy clip art.
Cameron James planned to take us back to his childhood and we went for a ride. Only three props were needed for this show. The screen, a guitar and his own handwritten notepads, retrieved from his parents’ house, contain all the emotions of a teenage boy.
As a young teenager, James was destined to become an entertainer, but it was music that he was obsessed with and it is these stories, often personal ones, that he shares. From his very first high school duo with the only other kid to play an instrument to the life-changing Battle of the Bands performance, the journey is both well-told, absolutely hair-raising, but always hilarious.
Cameron James has the ability to draw you into the story and embarrass you with him, without judgment or pity. Ultimately, he also helps us accept that we’ve all had those moments ourselves, and that these are the pieces of the puzzle that make us who we are.
Of course, we may not all have written a song immediately after we lost our virginity (note: please record “A Love That Makes The Roses Cry”) or joined their own high school fight club, but we all have our own. own intensely embarrassing, probably funny experiences to relate them to.
James didn’t miss a beat for the hour-long show and the sold-out crowd was hooked on his journey. The pace was excellent, filling an hour with ease but giving us all a chance to breathe and enjoy. The intermittent guitar breaks and songs were perfectly placed as interludes to the ever-evolving teenage angst.
The evolution of not only Cameron James as a teenager, but also Cameron James as a comedian was featured here. Many years of making podcasts helped shape the path of storytelling, the laugh-out-loud moments, and the heartwarming final twist. You leave with a smile, a glow and comfort that your own hair-raising childhood is something to be proud of.
FIVE STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
Reviewer was present on May 13. On Saturday and Sunday 14 and 15 May Cameron will perform again at Enmore Theater. Tickets are on sale HERE
The Sydney Comedy Festival runs until May 22 – visit their WEBSITE for more details