Thursday, March 17, 2005

Stop the Vincesanity!

OK, I can't stay long as I have to go and buy bread very soon. However, this week there was a review of Joke Club in eye magazine, a Toronto weekly newspaper, and I thought I'd share it with you:


When faced with a gum-snapping mall rat impression so convincing as to be nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, some people can't decide whether to laugh or flee. The audience at the Drake for The Joke Club, comedian Nick Flanagan's monthly stand-up session, seemed to be caught between these two impulses.

Flanagan set the tone for the evening's absurdity with a savage impersonation of a hopelessly generic stand-up, demonstrating common foibles like the flagrant abuse of hip-hop slang in an effort to connect with the crowd. The audience seemed bewildered, laughing riotously in fits and starts. The rest of the performers had an even tougher time. Though a handful suffered from lacklustre material, even Sara Hennessy's brilliantly slack-jawed portrayal of a dopey retail employee and Terrence Balazo's inspired assaults on apathy (standout bits include a Rwandan genocide-themed roller coaster, where "you scream and scream, and then you get off and nobody believes you") scored more near misses than direct hits.

Looking as sleepy as an octogenarian coming off tranquilizers, Makesi Arthur's deadpan set won the prize for most bewildering material of the night. After that, only Chris Locke and Brian Barlow a.k.a. The Gurg's hipster-meets-dinosaur jibes could draw the audience out of their shell. Satire and irony aren't exactly new but apparently some people in Toronto still aren't ready for them.


if anybody reads this, let me know what you think of this 'revvy', as somebody with the mind of child might call it.

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