Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director; produced playwright (21 plays). Scripts pub. Currency Press. She worked as actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate was Head of Drama/Teacher, NMIT; Coordinator of Prof. Writing/ Editing, Swinburne Uni. Read her reviews here or: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Friday, 3 April 2015
Stephen K. Amos, 2 April 2015 ***
In Welcome to My World At the Athenaeum Theatre, until 19 April 2015 Melbourne Comedy Festival Reviewer: Kate Herbert Stars: *** Review also in Herald Sun online on Fri 3 April 2015. KH.
UK comedian, Stephen K. Amos, is a regular and popular
visitor to the Melbourne Comedy Festival and he pulls a large crowd of loyal
Amos's warmth, energy and relaxed style are his
greatest assets in his stand-up show, Welcome To My World, along with his
rapid, ad-libbed repartee with the audience and his ability to turn a mistake
into a joke.
His interactions with individuals who foolishly sit in
the front rows, produce his biggest laughs, particularly his teasing of
20-year old Daniel, who suffers repeated quips about his safari in
Kenya and his business degree.
He also gets comedy mileage from some latecomers that
hail from Liverpool, a town that Amos clearly judges to be joke-worthy.
His material shifts between familiar, observational
humour and inoffensive political or social commentary about Australia.
He includes barbed comments about Tony Abbott's
political gaffes, gentle chiding about Australians' political apathy and our
He relentlessly but playfully taunts the crowd when
they don't laugh or respond aloud to his questions.
His stories range from the bad behaviour of stewards
on Emirates Airlines – even at the pointy end of the plane – to his childhood
rows with his seven siblings and Eddie Maguire and the Collingwood Footy Club.
He mines more material from his African roots with
funny and credible impressions of his feisty mother.
He explores people's greatest fears, the number one
fear for many being speaking in public, and even challenges one of his audience
targets to stand up and face his fear.
Despite his easy charm and confidence, Amos seems
unprepared or, at least, under-rehearsed for this show.
Although he can turn a mistake into a laugh, Amos
muffs several joke set-ups and tag lines and even refers every few minutes to
what appears to be a page of notes that he clutches throughout the show.
Amos ends his show with a revelation about confronting
his own greatest fear that, if it is a true story, is truly disturbing but