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06/08/2012 06:26 BST | Updated 05/10/2012 06:12 BST

James Mullinger - 'The Man With No Shame' - Etcetera Theatre - Third August

Every year for about a month, London gets a lot less funny. Vast swathes of the nation's favourite comedians all flock up to Edinburgh for the month of August. However, a few valiantly stay behind to participate in the ever growing Camden Fringe and one man gallantly at the forefront of this years fringe is James Mullinger.

Every year for about a month, London gets a lot less funny. Vast swathes of the nation's favourite comedians all flock up to Edinburgh for the month of August. However, a few valiantly stay behind to participate in the ever growing Camden Fringe and one man gallantly at the forefront of this years fringe is James Mullinger.

After being dubbed by The Guardian as a 'man with no shame' he utilised this somewhat backhanded compliment as a title for his new show and a title has scarcely been more apposite. James Mullinger is a very candid man, compulsively so. He draws heavily on what seemed like a difficult upbringing and finds humour in the things that troubled him during his formative years. Watching a man franticly read through his teenage diaries is compulsive viewing and often funny but there was a sense that sometimes his punchlines sometimes lacked the necessary bite. He energetically bounds round the stage but there was a sense that some opportunities for comedy weren't explored enough where as others when it felt like the well had run dry, had been explored a bit too thoroughly.

Although this wasn't Mullinger's best performance, there was certainly enough on show to suggest that James Mullinger is a talented comedian and is worth keeping an eye on in the future.