CAREY MARX: Doom Gloom Boom (UK)
04/05/2010 - 08/05/2010
"**** (4 stars) Marx is clearly a top-drawer writer, combining intelligent comment with teasingly edgy wit… the hour moves with seamless ease from puerile to the political, from the whimsical to the sick, and always with cheeky charm and powerful punchlines"
Dates: Tues 4 – Sat 8 May, 10pm
Venue: The Classic Studio, Level 1, 321 Queen St, City
Tickets: Adults $26 / Conc. $22 / Groups 10+ $22
Booking: 0800 TICKETEK www.ticketek.co.nz / www.comedy.co.nz
Show Duration: 1 hour
A perfect late-night show
Review by Rachael McKinnon 05th May 2010
As Carey says, there has been a boom in doom and gloom – and why shouldn’t the comedy industry get on board? He promises us his most depressing hour of comedy, yet. I have never been happier during an hour of social anxiety in my life.
If you have seen Careyness you will know there is something of a format to the show: a top ten count down. Doom Gloom Boom is looser in style and full of the surprise-twist jokes that are so great about Carey Marx. Of course we would be better people if we punched more clowns – why didn’t I think of it myself? He has more planet-saving advice where that came from.
He talks about the nanny-state and fears of religious retribution for sinning on earth. He also talks about the way the media can incite social anxiety through something as simple as adjective selection and then illustrates this with exceptional steam-roller visuals.
He also –vividly – discusses the inherent beauty of heterosexual love-making. In fact, generating images with words is something in which Carey Marx excels. You will never listen to your Susan Boyle CD the same way –if you own one.
Doom Gloom Boom is a perfect late-night show. Carey lures you into his world of observation and clever philosophising and by the end, although he hasn’t given you the key to solving the boom in doom and gloom, he does show you how much there is to laugh at – and that has to be a good start, right?
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