The Garden Of Unearthly Delights – Studio 7
As far as comics go, Dave Thornton is pretty swish. Bright and shiny and decidedly easy on the eye, Thornton has everything going for him, and his audience this night were clearly hoping for a fabulous experience. His reflective style of humour is witty and the jokes are fast and furious as Thornton shares stories of bouncers, airline travel, skiing mishaps and various forms of ‘engagement’. His caricature of Adelaidian pomposity was hilarious, setting things up for a series of light hearted digs at various audience members over the night. These moments were probably the times Thornton received the loudest response – we are nothing if not delighted to laugh at ourselves, Adelaide!
One of the purest moments involved a beautiful recount of the best heckle he’d ever encountered, leaving the crowd in stitches. He can be seriously funny, his persona has an element of schoolboy cheek that is mostly really appealing however there is a fine line that he can cross – some jokes are a bit crass and therefore a little less successful.
Thornton ended the show with a final story about the time he spent 10 days in silence during a meditation retreat. Again, very funny and well delivered material meant he got the laughs he was aiming for.
Not all of his stuff is brand new, particularly if you’ve been catching him on Foxtel’s Just For Laughs, but Thornton is so darn likeable and his delivery so entertaining that it doesn’t matter too much if you’ve heard it before. A perfectly decent night out with plenty of laughs for everyone.
Rosie van Heerde
Dave Thornton continues at The Garden Of Unearthly Delights – Studio 7 from 7pm until Sun 13 Mar.
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