Comedy review: Matt Okine ‘The Other Guy’, Sydney Comedy Festival, 14 May 2015

Despite the best part of a decade successfully working the comedy clubs, to many Matt Okine is probably best known for his starring role in that viral video. While interviewing Chris Rock, Okine unthinkingly boasted that his comedy was “really good” and then squirmed uncomfortably as the comedy icon reacted skeptically.
If only Rock could see him now. He’s always been a winningly casual, supremely likable presence, the sort of performer who just makes sense on stage. The Other Guy, however sees him lean on his considerable charm less and expand his comic range. It’s both more personal and more political than he’s ever been before. It’s also just funnier.

Back to that video for a moment: it worked because of Okine’s willingness to be embarrassed. He instantly knew he’d said something stupid and allowed us to cringe along with him. So it is with some of the strongest stuff here; when he recounts a truly misguided attempt to re-enter the dating game, you can almost feel the room collectively wince through the laughter.

Read the full review at The Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/comedy/sydney-comedy-festival-2015-matt-okine-review-up-close-personal-political-and-hilarious-20150515-gh25w7.html

Comedy review: Daniel Kitson ‘Polyphony’, Sydney Comedy Festival, 6 May 2015

“I have to warn you, this isn’t an entry-level show” Daniel Kitson tells the audience a few minutes in, and he’s probably right. Rather than packing the emotional punch of some of his previous works, say the gem-like 66A Church Road¸ this is more of a chin-stroker, though a fiendishly clever, relentlessly funny one.

It’s billed as a (sort of) play and takes the form of Kitson handing out 20 iPods, each with a speaker attached, to audience members and having them simultaneously press play. Each iPod has one part of the play pre-recorded on it, and played together the effect is a cacophony of voices interacting with Kitson in a meta-narrative about the work he is mounting.

Read the full review at: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/comedy/sydney-comedy-festival-2015-daniel-kitson-review-theatre-comedy-melt-together-at-hands-of-one-of-best-comedians-working-today-20150507-ggw1nh.html