[COMEDY/STAND UP ~ GBR]
Arts Theatre, Tue 6 Mar.
Stephen Amos returns to the Adelaide Fringe at Arts Theatre on Angas St last night, to a packed house and an enthusiastic audience.
Veteran and polished performer Stephen had us laughing before he even came out on stage, doing his own mock serious introduction and ‘accidentally’ stuffing it up… struggling to remember the venue name… “Where the f**k am I?” he muttered as if to himself.
“If you’re looking for deep meaning and pathos, you’re in the wrong show!” Stephen warned from the outset. Not deep indeed, but full of feeling and connection as he explored this shared insanity we call Life.
The appeal of Amos I think is his ability to not only generate a steady stream of relatable, topical and hilarious material but also to establish an intimate rapport with the audience, laughing with us and at himself, the connection felt quite personal and fraternal. Obviously familiar with Adelaide from previous Fringe appearances he regaled us with his satirical observations of Adelaide – Bogans at the Superloop race, DUI infringements on ‘Lime’ scooters and the reaction of a Rundle Mall pedestrian to his comment that “it’s hot today!”
Amos has a deep well of material to draw on, and although he sometimes revisited a subject I’d heard before, it was always told from a different angle and felt fresh and funny. Amos again picked out a couple of audience members from the front row (you’ve been warned!) for some friendly ribbing and deftly wove them into his routine. After complaining about his physical decline and urinary incontinence he declared in ominous tones “I’m your future, James!” to the young man he’d singled out.
At the end of the show Stephen invited us to support the Mary Potter Foundation as we departed the theatre, where volunteers from the Foundation awaited us with buckets for our spare change. Clearly Stephen has a big heart.
Stephen K Amos is an accomplished entertainer and you won’t be disappointed!
Stephen K Amos – The Story So Far… continues at Arts Theatre, at various times, until Sat 16 Mar.
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