Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: James Veitch – Dot Con

Veitch’s online adventures are comedic fables for the twenty-first century.

Presented by Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Reviewed 7th March 2018

UK comedian James Veitch brings his popular show Dot Con to Adelaide and the Garden of Unearthly Delights this March. Performed around the world from TED Talks to NASA corporate functions, Veitch’s material is universally relatable…

One fateful day Veitch decided to reply to a spammer who was impersonating his friend, claiming she was stranded overseas with no money. Thankfully he did not just press delete and, thus, Dot Con was born. Veitch narrates his bizarre interactions with a range of scammers, while their original emails are projected on a screen behind him. Rather than resorting to anger or accusations, he toys with these scammers. Veitch has received declarations both of love and hatred and convinced at least one scammer to correspond in a code of his own making. Veitch explains, “it’s crae crae out there” on the internet, so you may as well have some fun.

Veitch is known for his awkward charm, which is evident from the moment he gets stuck in the curtain walking onto the stage. Dot Con is a couple of years old and well known by his fans. Therefore, he has plenty of practice and runs through his stories swiftly, with a kind of self-conscious nonchalance. At times, though, it feels as though he is moving too fast. Towards the end of his show he trials some new material, which he delivers with a more natural pace. These explore fresh topics, from Instagram to multiple-choice forms.

Veitch’s online adventures are comedic fables for the twenty-first century. Dot Con is not to be missed by anyone who has ever shared the frustration of being inundated by scam emails.

Reviewed by Nicola Woolford

Rating (out of 5): 4

 Venue: Le Cascadeur @ The Garden of Unearthly Delights
Season: 7th – 18th March 2018
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: $22.50 – $35.00


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