Jamie D’Souza was in an emo band at school, but as his show progresses, you realise he has plenty of other things to be embarrassed about.
Despite being an up-and-coming standup comic, Jamie presents his awkward demeanour with an ironic confidence. His stories are unique, and there are few comics at the Fringe who can shock an audience with such unexpected punchlines. Whenever you think you know where the joke is going, he has the ability to drag you in another direction. His sarcastic comments and deliberate pauses give him the power to send the audience in any direction he likes, and they’ll never see it coming.
In his set, Jamie talks about growing up mixed-race in what was practically an all-white school, and how he changed things about himself in order to win the affections of his high school crush. His self-deprecating humour will leave audiences in stitches, as well as with a sad familiar twinge, people try desperately to fit in with a crowd when they’re young, and Jamie brings those memories painfully, and hilariously into the light.
With a mix of standup, audience interaction and technological support, Jamie produces a varied show that keeps people on their toes. The new, young comedians at the Fringe are bringing a different kind of comedy to the festival, with stories that the younger generation can relate to. It is also entertaining for the older audience members, as it can make them laugh while educating them about the cringey things their kids are up to.
“Stop Drawing Willies on my Poster” is a brilliant name for a brilliant show, and Jamie D’Souza has one of the most unique and material-rich backstories in standup. His modern comedy style makes him a different kind of act to some other comedians you would see at the festival, but his show is a fantastic option for those who enjoy standup.
Jamie D’Souza: Stop Drawing Willies on my Poster, 19.10, Pleasance Courtyard, August 5 – 29