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Comedian Cares a Lot about Making You Laugh at Big Issues
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Best Newcomer nominee Damien Power is bringing his new show, I Can't Believe I Cared to the epicentre of Adelaide Comedy, the Rhino Room, this Fringe.
When asked about his style, he says, "I like to make comedy out of the bigger ideas of being human and bigger concepts about society."
The 'thinking person's comedian' has been honing a set of new material around the themes of our fascination as a species with war, our evolution, consumerism and other big issues that at a glance might not seem all that funny. But Power's skill lies in making audiences laugh at the boogie men, to hold an intellectual middle finger up to the wrongdoing in the world.
Damien says, "I want to open people's minds to things they might not otherwise contemplate but," he adds, "One of the things I want to do, that I've been working on, I don't want my comedy to be exclusive."
His career has been going from strength to strength in recent years, with 2014 seeing him sign with one of Australia's biggest comedy agents, who say of their new recruit, "Raw and assured, Damien's social and political commentary is razor-sharp. He's a club favourite, selling out shows around the country. This growing reputation lead to him being hand-picked by Jack Black to support Tenacious D on their Australian tour as well as for US comedian Doug Stanhope and be invited to perform at the Just for Laughs gala at the Opera House in 2014."
When I asked Damien to give me the 'hard sell' on his upcoming Adelaide shows, he enthused, "It's going to be funny. I'm happy with the show. It's going to have a lot of deep concepts and people will take new perspectives and ideas out of the show."
Still not convinced to book to see Damien? Check out some of his videos and listen to his podcast on his website. You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook via the links on his webpage.