Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Friday, 29 March 2013
Jeff Green: Leaping Off The Bell Curve, March 29, 2013 ***
Leaping Off the
Swiss House, 89 Flinders Lane, March 28 until April 21, 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Star rating: ***1/2 Reviewer: Kate Herbert
Review also published in Herald Sun online on Fri March 29. KH
giggles and guffaws."
Jeff Green did well to escape his mind-numbing life as a chemical
engineer in the UK in the 1980s because, let’s face it, blowing stuff up may be
fun, but have you ever met a funny engineer?
As he paces the tiny stage like a caged cat, Green relives the social
disadvantages of being a Chem. Eng. student and the pressure to achieve
greatness in the gas industry to placate his doting mother and hypercritical
He has the crowd hooting at the pitfalls of job interviews, the
liberating decision to be a comic and ditch the boredom of selling acetylene to
welders, the parade of uncomfortable gigs, difficult audiences and the dearth
of decent food in country towns in England.
He meanders from his central topic to muse on the vagaries of new and
old relationships, being dumped, the art of nagging, the parade of UK comics
marrying Aussie women and the horrors of shopping for a new bed at Franco Cozzo
(what was he thinking?).
Much of Green’s material is laugh-out-loud funny and filled with witty
diversions and surprises, other gags are titter-worthy, and there are odd
moments when the audience smiled rather than laughed or the odd joke fell flat.
It all boils down to sound advice to take a risk, leave your achingly
boring life and jump into a new, exciting and unknown world.