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There probably won’t be any nudity… probably
The Adelaide Fringe is the first festival to see Harley Breen's new show about getting your gear off and learning of his various sexual encounters.
Breen's publicity material for his show makes mention of how "exposing yourself is difficult" and how "most people will avoid exposing themselves if we can." Being aware how Breen likes to explore 'baring all' as he shares his life experiences in a manner similar to a young Billy Connolly, I was curious as to how much nudity we could expect in his show?
During our interview in Adelaide, prior to his show opening, I asked him the following questions:
You obviously like to explore various life experiences, why did you decide to create Just A Fully Naked Encounter?
Breen: "Well, the last few years I have sort of come up with titles that don't really mean much, to be perfectly honest with you. So this was suggested to me at the time when I was asked to register a title back in October, and I thought that was good enough title for me. I had several months to write a show that fits the title, but I am not binding myself to that. So come along and be surprised!"
Exposing ourselves can be difficult for some of us, while others find it difficult to keep their clothes on. What group do you fit into?
Breen: (Laughs) "Well, in terms keeping my clothes on I try to do that most of the time. I am more into exposing myself in terms of what I am saying. I have made a career out of it. This show certainly has some stories I have sat on for some time. I didn't think I would tell them to another living sole, but I will be telling large groups of people all over the country. Some involve some other people, (laughs), who would rather that the stories should not come out."
Do you think Aussie's are any different to other nationalities when it comes to bearing all?
Breen: Possibly...when I'm telling a story I put myself in a bad light, Aussie's love it! Aussies particularly love it, when comedians deprecate themselves. There is nothing they hate more than someone who gets up and goes on about being great about everything.
Harley Breen has made a career of exposing himself and this show promises to bare all again at this Adelaide Fringe Festival, in The Garden of Unearthly Delights.. He has been on the comedy circuit for eight years and this is his ninth solo show. He is the winner of some great awards, from his peers – MICF Piece of Wood 2011, Spleen Comic of the Year 2010, Edinburgh Fringe Tron Best Newcomer 2007.
Breen has a high- energy rapid fire presentation with a booming voice that holds his audience's attention. His jokes didn't always bring the house down, nor did they have his audience laughing continuously, but most as his show went over well with the young male and female audience, who obviously enjoy his strong language and punch-lines with lots of swearing .
Much of the bawdy anecdotes definitely appealed to the female audience as he shared some introspective and titillating revelations of his teenage years concerning "secret young men's business". If you enjoy this type of humour you are bound to be in for a fun night.
However, if you don't enjoy toilet humor and raw Aussie -style jokes with continuous heavy swearing then this show may not appeal to you.
He presents no jokes about late-comers. However, at one point, he did direct some remarks at one person who got up to leave early. I don't know what that was about, as the guy did return shortly after.
There were moments, when it appeared some of his new material needs reworking with additional jokes. Some of his anecdotes did not have his audience laughing out loud, but his delivery, good sense of comic timing and onstage confidence kept his audience entertained.