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John Safran, Jew Detective: Sarcasm is Not a Crime - Review

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by JC (subscribe)
I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
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Safran is intelligent, irreverent and funny
John Safran recently performed at QPAC-Cremorne Theatre, as part of the 2019 Brisbane Festival. Safran, is a writer, comedian, award winning documentary-maker and natural-born troublemaker. His books include, Murder In Mississippi and Depends What You Mean By Extremist—which Safran proudly points out is the most stolen book in Australia.

John Safran

As the performance title suggests, Safran tells it like it is. So if you are a big fan of political correctness, this is not the show for you. In Jew Detective: Sarcasm is Not a Crime, Safran gives a vivid and fairly hilarious account of his encounters with extremists, his journey to comedy and the social media criticisms his work has attracted. Safran has a keen eye for the ironic and courageously calls out the madness of a culture where political-correctness goes too far. And, while veiled in sarcasm, Safran also has a lot of very insightful observations about the multiple dimensions of discrimination.

This show was totally stripped back. Safran looked much like a teen who had pulled together a rushed oral presentation—reading from some notes and supported by a very poorly constructed PowerPoint presentation. Even his YouTube clips had that whole 'Spaghetti Western' effect— with audio about 20 seconds behind the visuals. As a result, there was little separating Safran from the audience and it really did feel like a crazy and somewhat irreverent catch up with an old friend.

Safran is obviously intelligent, obviously irreverent and frankly.... very funny. Well worth a ticket price, but maybe not the booking fee (that's an inside joke, in-case you missed the show).

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Why? Comedy
When: September
Where: QPAC Cremorne Theatre
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