A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou Review – an absolute bore

By Ricky Valero
Published: February 28, 2023 (Last updated: February 16, 2024)
A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou Review
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A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou is creative but quite a bore that I didn’t find funny.

Jamie Demetriou is mainly known for his role on the Prime Video hit series Fleabag. However, Demetriou, from the London area, has been telling jokes since his student days with Bristol Revunions. In 2020, Demetriou won the BAFTA for Best Male Actor in a Comedy, Best Writer of a Comedy, and Best Scripted Comedy for Stath Lets Flats. This has led to his first Netflix special, A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou.

A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou Review

A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou is a musical-sketch comedy special that is a story of an awkward childhood and the not-so-golden years told through the lens of comedian Jamie Demetriou.

From the moment the comedy special began with us seeing Jamie walking through the same door, over and over and over again, I had no clue what I was in store for when I turned this on, but this opening bit gave me a headache. I clocked in around the ten-minute mark and didn’t find myself laughing one time but rather annoyed that I had fifty minutes left.

When we moved into “Act 2” where we saw a group of guys in a bar planning something, I again didn’t laugh. It wasn’t until we moved to the “Reality TV” dating skit that had me ROLLING. While it might have been the only skit that made me laugh, I highly recommend seeking out just this moment to watch. The show was called “Kiss Villa,” and many guys were hunting to kiss. It was the perfect little skit that anyone who loves reality shows would laugh out loud at.

I must credit the team behind making Jamie and this show come off the ground. From the makeup team that made Jamie almost unrecognizable in several skits to the costume team that had to alter after each skit to the editing team that had to piece it together, each did a great job.

I don’t doubt that Jamie has an audience that will probably eat this entire thing up, but it was stale, dry, and not funny for me. I was familiar with Jamie’s work on Fleabag and even on Apple TV+’s The Afterparty, but I had never seen his work on Stath Lets Flats, which is closer to the tone of this special. It could be the reason I didn’t dig the humor.

Is A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou good?

No. Overall, A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou fell flat with the poor attempt at humor, lackluster writing, and ultimately unfunny skits.

I laughed throughout the reality TV skit and maybe chuckled one or two other times, but man, this was a challenging hour to get through. I’ll give credit to everyone where it’s due, but I can’t recommend this to anyone.

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