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Alice Fraser: Ethos (Get Comedy by arrangement with Mushroom Comedy and TGA)

By | Published on Friday 17 August 2018

The ‘Ethos’ of the title refers to an AI that Alice Fraser has constructed (not really) for the purposes of teaching it about humanity through the lens of a comedy show. It explicitly echoes the Jewish folklore tale of the golem, a creature given life from clay. While Fraser’s comedy is often like this – cerebral and well-read – she’s not above doing something as gleefully silly as reworking Kenny Rogers’ ‘The Gambler’ to be about unwanted penises either. Fraser can’t resist seeing how far she can push things – some material, especially on #MeToo, simply elicits stunned gasps. You can’t quite believe she said that, and neither can she. The show could do with tightening – she digresses and overruns. But it’s a bloody good time.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 27 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Jon Stapley]