Write because you want to, not because you have to.
Overall rating: ★★★★★ Date attended: 26/02/2019
A perfect example of someone who is unconventionally un-PC in its most hilarious Australian form, Adelaide local, ex-radio host, and supporting act to Jim Jeffries, Amos Gill is undoubtedly a favourite in his hometown, where he is able to instantly turn on his unique Aussie bloke charm to engage with his audiences, whilst boasting of a defined comedy style that leaves them in stitches.
Growing up with a mother, who was an immigrant and built her life from nothing, and a father, who is your typical, friendly tight-arse Aussie countryman, who will make you freeze mangoes even if you don't like them because they're 'on special', Gill draws from real life experiences to infuse his signature sense of comedy and provide audiences with a brand new lens to see what an otherwise sh*tty and complex upbringing could be seen as, from the funny man's perspective.
The audience is also treated to some seriously messed up (but f*cking hilarious) moments from Gill's high school chapter, along with living with his stepfather in Perth, before going on a whirlwind adventure with his stepfamily to realise that Adelaide was the true home destination for the young boy, who wasn't allowed to sleep on a real bed. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, mate!
The stories narrated so eloquently by Gill (aka like a guy who's just had a hearty BBQ and has chugged down some beers) has a level of authenticity, which makes it thoroughly delightful and enjoyable. He is a true blue Aussie lad, who likes to say it as it is and that's what makes it so much fun to sit through his show. He knows exactly how to weave stories and quintessential Adelaide / Australiana antics into his show and provides a bigger punch to it by connecting it to a meaningful and relatable context that becomes an instant hit with the audience. He describes his journey towards the successful career he has today, along with his move to the US, where he encountered some rather bizarre yet entertaining scenarios that will make you feel horrid for laughing at it, and yet, just as quickly, the guilt will dissipate, resulting in an uproarious routine.
Having watched Gill perform as a supporting act towards Jim Jeffries' show a couple of months ago, and having witnessed Gill's solo shows as part of the Adelaide Fringe over the last two years (reviews here and here), there is a noticeable evolution in Gill's material that gives it a form of sophistication, in the sense that his form of storytelling intertwined with a comedic twist has matured to provide with a more polished form, which appeals to the audience with much more ease. Gill is able to channel his attitude towards life that is borderline inspiring - not to take it too seriously and to simply go with the flow. His ability to make his show take form organically (from start to finish) leaves the audience begging for more towards the end of the show.
Amos Gill: Almost Famos will be performing at the Rhino Room till March 16 and some of his shows have already started selling out. Buy your tix early to avoid disappointment.