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Ian Smith: Half-Life (Bound & Gagged Comedy)

By | Published on Tuesday 20 August 2019

Ian Smith manages to combine an incredibly well structured gig with almost Basil Fawlty levels of anger and somehow come away with a very funny and endearing hour. There’s nothing malicious about his anger, which allows him to focus his attentions on latecomers and talkers without causing undue embarrassment or concern. The recaps for the latecomers become increasingly amusing and he makes full use of technology with slides and a video break in the middle, cleverly referencing a previous joke. A retelling of his visit to Chernobyl, told in sphincter-tightening detail, is the focus of the show and rightfully so. Very scary stuff! The whole show is good, angry fun.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Chris Lambert]