INNOVATIVE, PERPLEXING AND HEART-STOPPING FUN
New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2010|
JARRED FELL: Dangerous Ideas (NZ)
at BATS, Wellington
From 4 May 2010 to 8 May 2010
Reviewed by Lyne Pringle, 5 May 2010
There is a lot of wanking in this show; first Jarred Fell on video in a tunnel spanking the monkey (only pretend) then repeatedly throughout the show with a flurry of thrown away lines and gestures. It always gets a laugh!
Bustling onto the stage with well-honed radar, Fell – a likeable presence – proceeds to play his audience like a well tuned instrument as he scans faces and body language for potential participation candidates.
He chooses well as various people partake in gags that tease out his deliciously random magic tricks, some focussed on the ‘danger' theme. A nonchalant delivery and played down tone extracts some hearty laughter from the crowd as he cavorts through wayward material from a vivid imagination.
The inimitable pack of cards is used throughout to present a perplexing array of how-did-he-do-that puzzles, as well as various unique objects. This is low tech wizardry, with a less-than-willing pouty-faced assistant in stripy tights who helps pull off a brilliant gag with a bowling ball – a heart stopping moment!
My ‘outside eye' perspective is interrupted for a time when the kooky, dapper, suit-clad Mr Magician chooses me to come on stage to assist with a trick. “What do you do?” he asks.
“I'm a theatre reviewer.” This brings the house down and adds some interesting layers to the action ‘on stage'.
He wraps the entertaining evening up by clowning around with another ‘volunteer' using needles and cards: an innovative and fun show.
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