Sydney Comedy Festival Review: Cameron James – Electric Dreams

Nostalgia. It can happen to anyone, at any time. The song that plays, the movie you saw, the memory you found in your parents’ closet. They can spark memories of a time and place you may have thought you had forgotten. It’s those feelings of going back, reminiscing, and sometimes shrugging your shoulders that cameron james has brought to his new show, electric dreams.

You know from the start that this is going to be a severe flashback. Images from late 90s/early naughty movies (think Matrix Y Fight Club), nu-metal music (Korn, Limp Bizkit) and long-discarded toys (tamagotchi Y xbox) rotated on a screen, interspersed with classic 90s clip art.

Cameron James was planning to take us back to his childhood and we were in for a ride. Only three props were required for this show. The screen, a guitar and his own handwritten notepads, recovered from his parents’ house, contain all the emotions of a teenager.

As a young teenager, James was destined to be an entertainer, but it was music that obsessed him and it is these often personal stories that he shares. From his first duet in high school with the only other kid who played an instrument to the Battle of the Bands performance that changed his life, the journey is well-told, thoroughly embarrassing, but always fun.

Cameron James has the ability to draw you into the story and make you feel ashamed of him, without judgment or pity. Ultimately, he also helps us accept that we have all had those moments and that they are the pieces of the puzzle that make us who we are.

Sure, we may not all have written a song immediately after losing our virginity (note: please record “A Love That Makes The Roses Cry”) or competed in your own high school wrestling club, but we all have our own intense shame, probably funny experiences to relate them.

James doesn’t miss a beat of the hour-long show and the sold-out venue was hooked on his ride. The pace was excellent, completing 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.

Shown here was the evolution of not only Cameron James as a teenager, but also Cameron James as a comedian. Many years of podcasting have helped shape the path of storytelling, laugh-out-loud moments, and the heartwarming twist ending. You’ll walk away with a smile, a glow, and a comfort that your own cringe-inducing childhood is something to be proud of.

FIVE STARS OUT OF FIVE)

The reviewer attended on May 13. Cameron will perform again at the Enmore Theater on Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. Tickets can be purchased here

The Sydney Comedy Festival runs through May 22; go to their WEBSITE for more details.

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