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Published April 3rd 2015
From April 20th to May 17th Sydney will see an onslaught of comedic genius fluttering about, all vying for your attention, admiration and adoration as the Sydney Comedy Festival kicks off.
This time special thanks to Sydney based comedy fanatic Adam Sampson from Oasis Property, he put together his thoughts on who to see. He writes the following ....
These 'which shows to see' lists have been done to death and so for this one I've put a bit of a different spin – most of these names you won't recognise. That's not to suggest they're up and comers (though some are) nor is it to say I'm more into the scene than you are (though I am). I like comedians who take risks. I'm not easily shocked or offended anymore, and the play-it-safe mum and dad jokes bore me if I'm being brutally honest. I like controversy. I like walking the fine line between bad taste and morally bankrupt. I like the kind of jokes / gags / puns / skit s/ songs / sketches that you can't tell your grandma about at Christmas lunch. I probably like what you don't like, but you're reading this far now so what's a couple more paragraphs to get a different perspective on some of the more under-rated ha-ha's on offer.
In no particular order here's the shows I'll be seeing this year, and an insight into why;
Sam Campbell – Cambo's On Top Tue 12 – Sat 16 May Factory Theatre - $15
You won't see him coming but you'll remember his name long after he's left the stage. Sam has a style and delivery that sets him apart from comedians twice his age, small in stature but towering presence from the first words spoken. Sam's comedy is unique and well beyond someone of his young years. Bouncing from one topic to the next you never get settled during his routine as he constantly drops joke after joke using misdirection and spontaneity to keep the crowd laughing. Awkward misplaced confidence in spades, and it's brilliant!
Not averse to speaking his mind regardless of whether you agree with it. In fact that's kinda the point! I find his comedy is not intentionally offensive (you might certainly take it in such a vain however) but rather Eric Hutton blends observations and opinions without no regard for a social filter. Language warning on this one, but never for shock value. A truly polished performer and has been in my top 10 for the last 5 years running. A literal legend of the circuit that you've never heard of, and you should embarrassed about that!
The most accomplished and seasoned in this list for sure, Al now calls Australia home and has that classic USA point-of-view about our lifestyle and culture, with some sharp wit to match. Crowd work is incredible too and he engages with the audience as often as he goes into a wild tirade about simple things that give him the shits. That's not a short list either, it seems he's been building it since an early age! Kids, life, wife, world, politicians and why you shouldn't bother with any of it.
John Crukshank – Pleasure Avalanche
Wed 29 Apr & Fri 1 May
Factory Theatre - $15
Straight faced matter of fact no holds barred. I love this guy's delivery, unapologetic and treading the line between awkward and odd, and he carries it off so well! A lot of comedians present a character on stage, John literally seems like he's just turned up to give an opinion or two then go back to whatever he was doing earlier. Intelligent humour with solid delivery every time.
Nick Capper - Capper
Tue 28 & Thur 30 Apr & Sat 2 May
Factory Theatre - $18
Another great observer of modern day obscurities. Very casual disposition with bursts of excitement and energy that build as the momentum of his jokes do. A bit off centre in the way he views the world, a mix of absurd with some warped views on how things ought to be vs. how things actually are. By the end of his set though he'll have you convinced that whatever you'd previously thought to be truth is in fact wrong, and leave with you some life lessons to ponder.
Luke Heggie – You're not Special
Tue 28 Apr – Sat 2 May
Enmore Theatre - $25
Does not give a F@$%! Calls it as he sees it and relishes in destroying stupid people doing stupid things. A master of the casual insult but is yelling from the rooftops what we're all quietly thinking on the inside. Not literally yelling of course, but very matter-of-factly iterating why you're not important and why you should remember that next time you go to open your mouth. Another guy with a career all ahead of him, see him now before he buggers of overseas!
So they're my picks, no one particularly famous nor any local household names (though I expect a couple of these may in time attain such status), but each in their own right has that unique spark that demands attention and recognition of their talent!