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.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Stephen K. Amos, April 2, 2013 ****1/2
K. Amos is The Spokesman Athenaeum
Theatre, March 28 until April 21, 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Stars: ****1/2 Reviewer:
Kate Herbert This review also published in Herald Sun online on Wed April 3. KH
"He handles the crowd like a zookeeper feeding
Stephen K. Amos walks an unusual line between intelligent wit and
down-and-dirty, idiotic naughtiness, which means that he can balance all types
of audience members in the palm of his hand.
Clad in jeans and black T-shirt, he shifts from refined tones and smart
political references to bold, broad caricatures and gags about booze and sex,
all of which have the crowd roaring.
His material is impeccably crafted, his comic timing skillful and, throughout
the show, his delivery style remains conversational, amiable and relaxed as he
strolls through topics both local and global.
Darwin is actually the missing link; Adelaide is littered with mullet
and bogans; our weather is hellish; Julia Gillard thinks she is a Superhero;
and Amos also learns a thing or two about Melton.
He rambles about his fear of water then quizzes audience members about
their own phobias, eliciting strange responses including a fear of eggshells, or
holes that are too close together. Really!
He questions us about our heroes and role models, and insists that he is
not a good person to be a Spokesman because of his litany of flaws.
He handles the crowd like a zookeeper feeding the animals, tossing us
gag after gag, tantalizing us with his jokes and inviting us to play with him,
only to turn, ever so gently, on someone in the front row who looks too tame.
He ticks off, on his clipboard,
the new jokes that work, teases the crowd, calls for requests for his old jokes
from past routines.
The slick and accomplished Amos enjoys himself as he sails through 80
minutes, and the crowd gleefully sails with him and leaves happy.