Royalty Theatre, Sat 13 Feb
Merrick Watts, as a host and MC, is side-splittingly funny, so much so that he should be added to the list of things one shouldn’t perform with. But in aide of The Captain Courageous Foundation, perform they did. Artists donating their time for the cause included comedians with public and TV personas like Tahir, Tom Gleeson and Laurence Mooney, internationals such as Arj Barker and a handful of locals (including some expats).
Besides a great night of entertainment, I now have a shortlist of Fringe comedians that I want to add to my already too busy schedule. And it’s quite gratifying that in comparison to some of the best comedians in the world, the local talent stands up very well indeed.
Two that I have added to my bucket list are Brendan Burns, who was introduced as ‘not quite be everyone’s cup of tea, he’s going to take some deliciously wicked sideways twists of humour that just might have you crossing your legs (to protect your gonads) at some of the jests’, and Lindsay Webb. Did I just mention a Queensland-based comedian who is as funny as? Am I losing it or is Webb the biggest name to come out of Queensland comedy since Joh Bjelke Peterson?
Well there’s only one way to be sure – get along and see them too! (And yes, the big names of comedy are also on my bucket list, especially Tom Gleeson whose very funny and very cool Adelaide joke – yes, we can be the butt of positive jokes as well as the usual nonsense that is thrown our way – was both a spoken and performance joke that won the audience over rather than turned us all off!