Thursday, April 26, 2007

Shake, Rattle and Review...

I haven't really done reviews on my blog because (I'm lazy) I feel the General Public (I'm a pretentious wanker) should go and make an informed decision of their own (I suffer memory loss) based on years of personal choice, profiling and (I've got the trembles from too much Vodka) how they respond to the pretty, colourful posters they view.

Regardless - here are some more to catch quickly -

Jordan Raskopoulas – The Adventures of The Man With the Dominant Claw. Hilarious, and surreal (without being totally alienating or pretentious) with a clever use of re-voiced '80s animation (He-Man and Captain Planet). Also - a bit of a drive through Wrongtown.

Dave Bloustein - Beastly - a charming, engaging performer with a well crafted and very, very funny show about Africa and all it's wonder and troubles (mainly troubles - but made hilarious in his hands). He's got great stage presence and a wonderfully disarming head of hair.

Jimmy James Eaton's Sausage Sizzle - An amazing tour de force of loud silly gags, characters, impressions, singing, sfx and wrongtown. (but the space is a shit room for his show)

Xavier Michelides - What to do When Zombies Attack The man's stand up is as smooth and polished as his head. The zombie framework is a great way to segue into insights about life, pop culture and a raft of gratuitous American accents (but done oh so well). Highlight is the George Lucas section - brilliant.

Mark Watson's 24 hour show - obviously it's gone but it was an amazing experience and created such a intense feeling of comedy community, spontaneity and anarchy that I was whooping and hollering at the final countdown. Next time I'm going in for the long haul.

Daniel Kitson - It's the Fireworks Talking - a big thesaurus-y yes from me - the man is wizard with words, a freak with filth and a wowser with whimsy...

Ardal OHanlon - Charming and a Craggy Island way...but well worn territory. A yup if you have the bucks.

Pastor Michael - Yay for home grown local talent that is funny and fast. Sharkey's reprise of the crazed evangelist crams all that is crap about religion gone bad and sweeps you up in it. I gotta say though - his wife (The lovely Elissa) steals the show as the Tammy Faye Baker from Trailer Park hell. Support the local funny!

Scrabble Unscripted - When too much comedy impro is never enough - these Sydney improvisers have put together a format that captures all the wacky & zany antics of the board game Scrabble and merged it seamlessly with the more thoughtful and aesthetically pleasing aspects of the ancient art of Butoh/Austen impro - no idea what I'm talking about? Neither do I.

Strangelove The Musical. - Big fan of the film. Big fan of this show. Big fan of Jon Williams and Toby Truslove. Of course this will lead to the next hit show: Truslove The Musical with music by John Willams.

Must see more........

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